The Dakota State University Trojan baseball team will open their 2011 campaign with 11 games on the road in three different states in one week. The Trojans are scheduled to play in Nebraska on Saturday and Sunday. On March 6 to March 10, DSU plays teams from Missouri. Dakota State concludes their road trip on March 12 with two games in Lamoni, Iowa.
The Trojans face Doane of the Great Plains Athletic Conference on March 5-6 in the Trojans' season opener. Both teams will play a four-game series at the Ledon Baseball Field in Crete, Neb. The doubleheader will start at 12:30 p.m. on each day. The Tigers are currently on a three-game losing streak with an overall record of 5-4. Doane was fifth in the GPAC in 2010 with an overall record of 30-18 and 13-11 in the conference.
On March 8, Dakota State travels to Parkville, Mo. to take on Park (Mo.). The two-game series will be held at Comfort Field. The Pirates are a member of the American Midwest Conference. Park (Mo.) is currently 4-1 with wins over Central Christian, Dallas Christian (twice) and Jarvis Christian. Park (Mo.) plays College of the Ozarks (Mo.), Iowa Wesleyan, Minot State and Mount Marty prior to facing DSU.
The Trojans face William Jewell (Mo.) in a nine-inning game on Wednesday, March 9 in Liberty, Mo. The Cardinals finished their 2010 season with an overall record of 41-15 and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. William Jewell captured the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) regular season championship. The Cardinals' current record is 5-2 and will face University of Sioux Falls, Missouri Valley and Evangel (Mo.) before playing Dakota State.
Dakota State will face two HAAC teams on March 10. The Trojans will visit Missouri Valley for an 11 a.m. game. They will play a nine-inning game in Marshall, Mo. Missouri Valley is currently 5-3--losing the first three games of the season and won five straight games as of today (including a four-game series sweep over Dakota Wesleyan).
The Trojans make a short trip to Fayette, Mo. to take on Central Methodist in the second game on Thursday, March 10. Dakota State and the Eagles will play a nine-inning game at 4 p.m. Central Methodist is 2-7 overall as of March 1.
Dakota State will have a brief break on Friday, March 11 as they travel to Lamoni, Iowa. The Trojans face Graceland (IA) and Mount Mercy (IA) on Saturday. DSU plays the host-team Graceland (HAAC member) at Chase Stadium at 11:30 a.m. The Yellowjackets are 7-4 overall.
At 2 p.m. on March 11 at Chase Stadium, the Trojans facea member from the Midwest Collegiate Conference, Mount Mercy. The Mustangs opened their season with five straight losses (three at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and two at Kanas Wesleyan).
Dakota State is in their last year as a member of the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). The Trojans were picked to finish fifth in the DAC Baseball Pre-season Poll. Dakota State finished third in last year's post-season tournament, falling one game short for qualifying to the DAC championship game. The Trojans completed the 2010 season with an overall record of 24-20 and 12-8 in the DAC.
DSU returns home on Thursday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) as they face their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan. The doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. at the Flynn Field in Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director