After the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Baseball Postseason Tournament was completed on Wednesday, the all-conference and postseason awards were announced. Eight Trojan athletes had received the honors. In addition, Nick Mutz was selected as DAC's Co-Pitchers of the Year.
Josh Tiede, senior second baseman, was named to DAC All-Conference first team infielder. In 43 games, he batted .290 with 36 hits, six doubles and a triple. Tiede recorded ten home runs and 34 RBIs. He had a slugging percentage of .597, walked 28 times and recorded eight stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .494. Josh is the son of Dan and Lisa Tiede of Newport, Wash.
Jared Donahue, sophomore starting pitcher for the Trojans, was selected to DAC All-Conference first team pitcher. It was his second straight year that he had received DAC All-Conference first team. For the season, he started in 11 games with four complete games and produced a 5-3 overall record. His earned run average (ERA) was 4.27 and pitched 71 2/3 innings. He allowed 67 hits, 34 runs and 34 walks. Donahue holds a DSU school record for most strikeouts in a single season with 97 and leads the DAC conference for most strikeouts per nine innings (12.18). Donahue ranks second in the nation for strikeouts per nine innings. He limited the opponents' batting average to .248. Jared is the son of Pat and Kristi Donahue of Winner, S.D.
Mutz, sophomore pitcher for DSU, received two honors from the DAC. He was named to DAC All-Conference first team and was voted as DAC's Co-Pitchers of the Year. In his 19 games (three started with two complete games) pitched this year, he tossed 50 1/3 innings and gave up 51 hits and 28 runs. Mutz recorded an overall record of 6-4 and had seven saves. He ranks sixth in the nation in strikeouts per nine innings (11.62) and 14th in saves. He held the opponents' batting average to .252. Nick is the son of Ken Mutz and Julie Johnston of Rohnert Park, Calif.
Zane Roduner, senior third baseman, was named to DAC All-Conference second team third base. He batted an average of .319 in 44 games with four doubles and three home runs. He recorded 22 RBIs, .413 slugging percentage and got on base 37.7 percent of the time. Roduner had 44 hits in 138 at-bats. Zane is the son of Jim and Sue Roduner of Rapid City, S.D.
Donald Strand, senior outfielder, was voted to DAC All-Conference second team outfield. In 36 games, he was 26-for-70 (.371 batting average) behind the plate with three doubles and recorded 12 RBIs. He scored 26 times and his on-base percentage was .443. Strand was 11-for-13 in stolen bases. Donald is the son of Terry and Carol Strand of Tracy, Minn.
Lincoln Gassman, senior starting pitcher for DSU, received DAC All-Conference second team pitcher. In his 12 game appearances, he tossed 70 1/3 innings and recorded an overall record of 6-3. His ERA was 4.61 and had 69 strikeouts this season. He allowed 82 hits and 36 runs. He held the opponents' batting average to .285. He had four complete games. Lincoln is the son of Michael and Densie Gassman of Canova, S.D.
Bob Olson, senior first baseman, was voted to DAC Gold Glove (best defense) first baseman. In 40 games, he recorded 265 catches, 253 putouts, 11 assists and one error. His fielding percentage was .996. Olson turned into 14 double plays. Bob is the son of Randy and Mary Beth Olson of Amboy, Minn.
Ryan Steffensen, freshman outfielder, received DAC Gold Glove outfield. He had a perfect field percentage (1.000) and recorded 34 catches in 27 games. He had 33 putouts. Ryan is the son of Terry and Darlene Steffensen of Madison, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director