THIS WEEK: Dakota State (15-16 overall record) continues their 12-game home stand on Tuesday evening at Flynn Field. The Trojans look to rebound back in the winning column as they welcome their in-state rival Mount Marty (11-11) in a doubleheader. First game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 4:30 p.m. The second game will start approximately 20-25 minutes after the completion of the first game.
LAST MEETING: Mount Marty took three games from Dakota State in both teams' last meetings last year. The Trojans split in Yankton, S.D. on March 24, losing the first game 3-0 and winning the second game by the score of 6-1. The Lancers swept DSU on April 25 at Flynn Field in Madison. Mount Marty recorded a 12-7 game one victory and 11-8 second game win in eight innings.
ABOUT MOUNT MARTY: Mount Marty is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The Lancers are currently 11-11 overall record after taking three wins in the four-game series with University of Winnipeg on March 24 and 25. Andy Bernatow is in his eighth season as Mount Marty's head baseball coach. The Lancers are 0-2 against former Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) foes (dropped a home doubleheader with Mayville State on March 21). Mount Marty opens their GPAC play on Friday, March 30, visiting Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa in a doubleheader. The Lancers are 3-3 at home and 8-8 on the road this season.
DSU 12-GAME HOME STAND: Dakota State started their 12-game home stand by recording a combined seven home runs to sweep their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on March 21. The Trojans recorded a 6-1 and 6-3 wins over the Tigers. DSU began their four-game series with a sweep over Jamestown (N.D.) to extend their winning streak to five games on March 24. The Trojans won a doubleheader over the Jimmies by the scores of 6-1 and 12-5. JC answered back by taking the doubleheader from DSU on March 25 by the scores of 3-2 and 18-6. Dakota State concludes their home stand with a four-game series with former DAC foe Mayville State on March 31 and April 1 at Flynn Field.
BOURCIER EARNS A.I.I. MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: For the second straight week, a student-athlete from Dakota State's baseball team was selected to Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Male Athlete of the Week. Ryan Bouricer, a 6-foot-1 first baseman from Warren, Mich., paced the Trojans to a 4-2 week as he compiled a .500 batting average and a 1.000 slugging percentage. He went 8-for-16 at the plate with two doubles, two home runs (including a game-winning two-run home run in the first game March 21) and seven RBIs in a pair of wins over in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on March 21 and a four-game series split with Jamestown (N.D.) on March 24 and 25.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, March 26, Dakota State ranks 26th in the nation in home runs per game (0.8). Jason Hershfield ranks 11th in the nation in total saves with five (5), 32nd in batters struck out per nine innings (10.4), 39th in total home runs (6) and 46th in total batters struck out (46). Seth Doxey is 18th in the nation in earns runs average (ERA) with 1.31 and 19th in total earned runs allowed (6). He is 40th in the nation in total runs allowed with 11. Anyelo Roman ranks 22nd in home runs with seven (7).
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Anyelo Roman leads Dakota State in hits with 34 (batting averageâ€”0.343). He records 26 RBIs this season (0.8 per game). Rays Roman swipes 12 bases for the Trojans. Seth Doxey leads the team in earned run average with 1.31. Hershfield averages 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings (46 total strikeouts). He leads the team with five saves.
A.I.I. BASEBALL INDEPENDENT TOURNAMENT: The A.I.I. Baseball Independent Tournament will be hosted by Cal State-San Marcos on May 2-5. Besides host-team Cal State-San Marcos, five other teams will qualify to the independent tournament. The winner and runner-up of the independent tournament each will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament. Cal State-San Marcos is the defending A.I.I. Baseball champions where they defeated Houston-Victoria (Texas) 10-3 in the championship game. The NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round Tournament is held on May 10-14 on nine different campus sites (selected by the NAIA). The Avista-NAIA World Series will be held in Lewiston, Idaho on May 25 to June 1.
LIVE STATS: Live stats and play-by-play will be available in all Dakota State's home games. The live stats are available on game day on www.dsuathletics.com under 'Live Games' tab above the 'Upcoming Events.'
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State baseball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/DaSUAthletics.
UP NEXT: Dakota State concludes their 12-game home stand this weekend with a four-game series with Mayville State at Flynn Field. The doubleheader kicks off on Saturday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Both teams will play another doubleheader on Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director