THIS WEEK: The Dakota State University baseball team (9-12 overall record) concludes their first 25-game road schedule this weekend. The Trojans travel to Hastings, Neb. for a four-game series with Hastings (5-13), a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference. The doubleheader kicks off at 2 p.m. on Saturday afternoon and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The four-game series will be played at the Duncan Field.
LAST MEETING: Hastings swept Dakota State in their last four-game series last season in Hastings, Neb.. The Broncos kicked off the four-game series with a comeback victory in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 win on March 19, 2010. Hastings won the second game of the day by the score of 3-1. The Trojans maintained a 1-0 lead before the Broncos produced three runs in the bottom sixth frame for the victory. On March 20, 2012, Hastings swept DSU by the scores of 9-1 and 3-0.
TROJANS ON THE ROAD: Dakota State is currently 9-12 on the road this season. The Trojans played in Kansas and Missouri during their 21-game stretch on the road. DSU concludes their 25-road game schedule this weekend in Hastings before returning home to begin their 12-game home stand at the Flynn Field.
HOME STAND AT FLYNN FIELD: The Trojans return home for the first time this season next week. DSU kicks off their 12-game home stand at Flynn Field on Thursday, March 22 as they host their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. The Trojans continue their home stand with a four-game series with their former Dakota Athletic Conference foe Jamestown (N.D.) as part of the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) conference games on March 24-25. DSU hosts another in-state rival team from Mount Marty with a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. on March 27. On March 31 and April 1, the Trojans welcome Mayville State (N.D.) in an A.I.I. conference four-game series.
ROMAN LISTED FOR PLAYERS TO WATCH: A Trojan baseball athlete has been listed in the 'NAIA Baseball Players to Watch List' in the Jan. 6, 2012 edition of Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Anyelo Romanâ€”6'3", 205 lbs.â€”was one of the 12 national players listed in the multi-position category for this spring. Roman is a junior transfer from Northern Essex Community College (Mass.) where he batted .321 and recorded 15 doubles before the Knights were eliminated in regional play by Manchester Community College. Roman had an overall pitching record of 4-4 and an ERA of 4.83 with 51 strikeouts and 13 walks in 50 innings.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: According to DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Thursday, March 14, Dakota State ranks 25th in the nation in home runs per game (0.7). Chaz Palmer and Ryan Steffensen rank first in the nation in fielding percentage (1.000). Anyelo Roman is 31st in the nation in home runs (5). Seth Doxey is 41st in earned run average (1.53). Palmer is 49th in the nation in total triples.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Anyleo Roman leads Dakota State in hits with 22 (batting averageâ€”0.344). He records 17 RBIs this season (0.8 per game). Rays Roman swipes eight bases for the Trojans. Seth Doxey leads the team in earned run average with 1.53. Jason Hershfield average 9.59 strikeouts per nine innings (27 total strikeouts).
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-Victory (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.
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UP NEXT: Dakota State returns home for the first time after playing their first 25 games on the road. The Trojans begin their 12-game home stand stretch at Flynn Field on Thursday, March 22. DSU hosts their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director