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Baseball - Mon, Apr. 7, 2014

April 7, 2014


MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) had selected Dakota State's Ian Barker and Seth Rockafellow as its baseball players-of-the-week, the fourth edition of the weekly honors were announced Monday.  Barker was chosen as NSAA Baseball Player-of-the-Week, while his teammate Rockafellow was named to NSAA Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Week.

Barker, 6-foot-1-inch sophomore outfielder for the Trojans, had an impressive season debut last week.  He began his debut by going 4-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, a home run and produced five RBIs in 13-5 victory at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 1.  He recorded at least two hits and scored twice in five of six games.

For the week, Barker was 11-for-26 at the plate (.423 batting average), scored 10 times and produced 10 RBIs.  He had four doubles and three home runs with a slugging percentage of .923.

Ian is the son of Gerald and Christie Barker of Independence, Mo.  He is majoring in Physical Education at Dakota State University.

Rockafellow, 6-foot senior pitcher, earned a pair of victories on the pitching mound for the Trojans last week.  He tossed six innings in 3-2 victory at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 1, where he gave up an unearned run on three hits and recorded four strikeouts.  Rockafellow added another victory versus Dickinson State (N.D.) on April 6 in Minot, N.D.  He pitched four innings, allowing seven hits and no runs. 

For the week, Rockafellow pitched 10 innings, gave up 10 hits (1.0 hits per inning), struck out four batters and recorded an earned run average of 0.000 (one unearned run).

In eight pitching appearances this season (27 innings), Rockafellow posted a 3-2 record with an ERA of 1.67.

Seth is the son of Mark and Lisa Rockafellow of Hartford, S.D.  He is a Biology major at Dakota State University.

Dakota State won six straight games last week, including a doubleheader sweep at Briar Cliff and a four-game series sweep versus Dickinson State in Minot.  The Trojans are 15-16 overall record and 5-3 NSAA/Frontier conference record.

DSU continues their action on the road this week.  The Trojans visit their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) Wednesday afternoon in a doubleheader.  First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. at Riverside Park in Yankton (it was originally scheduled for 3 p.m.).  On Saturday and Sunday, Dakota State heads to Valley City State (N.D.) to play in the NSAA conference four-game series. 

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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