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Baseball - Tue, Apr. 8, 2014

April 8, 2014


THIS WEEK:  The Dakota State University baseball team (15-16 overall record, 1-3 North Star Athletic Association conference record) continues their action on the road this week.  The Trojans head to Riverside Park in Yankton, S.D. for the second time this season on Wednesday night in a doubleheader versus in-state rival Mount Marty (15-13).  The non-conference doubleheader kicks off at 4:30 p.m.  On Saturday and Sunday, Dakota State returns back to NSAA Baseball conference action as they play a four-game series with Valley City State (N.D.) (12-21, 0-2 NSAA).  DSU and VCSU are schedule to start their doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.  The four-game series will be held at the Charlie Brown Stadium in Valley City, N.D.

TROJANS GO UNDEFEATED TO KICK OFF THE MONTH OF APRIL:  Dakota State kicked off the month of April by winning six straight games.  The Trojans swept a non-conference doubleheader at Briar Cliff (Iowa) by the scores of 13-5 and 3-2.  DSU continued their winning streak as they recorded their first four-game series sweep of the season.  Dakota State swept Dickinson State (N.D.) in NSAA/Frontier Baseball conference action in Minot, N.D. on April 5-6.  The Trojans defeated the Blue Hawks 3-2 and 9-3 on April 5 and 14-3 and 6-4 on April 6.  DSU outscored its opponents 48-19 during the six-game winning streak.  Dakota State is 5-3 record in the NSAA/Frontier conference.

FLAHIE TRIPLES RECORD:  Danny Flahie broke the DSU school record for most triples in a single season after he recorded his sixth triple versus Dickinson State (N.D.) on April 6 in Minot, N.D.  Flahie's six triples broke the previous old record mark with five triples, which occurred by three different Trojan players—Josh Wells (2006), Chris Ebnet (2006) and Brandon Jiles (2005).  Flahie also tied the Trojan Baseball record book for most career triples with six triples (Chaz Palmer).

DAKOTA STATE SWEEPS NSAA WEEKLY HONORS:   The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) had selected Dakota State's Ian Barker and Seth Rockafellow as its players-of-the-week honors, which was announced on April 5.  Barker was named to NSAA Player-of-the-Week as he had an impressive debut at the plate.  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 road victory at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 1.  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.  Rockafellow was picked as NSAA Pitcher of the Week.  He earned a pair of victories on the pitching mound for the Trojans.  Rockafellow tossed six innings in 3-2 victory at Briar Cliff on April 1 and four innings in 14-3 victory versus Dickinson State (N.D.).  For the week, he pitched a total of 10 innings, gave up 10 hits (1.0 hits per inning), struck out four batters and recorded an earned run average (ERA) of 0.00 (one unearned run).

REGIONALLY SPEAKING:  Dakota State remained at the No. 3 spot in the latest weekly NSAA/Frontier Baseball conference rankings, which was released on Monday.  Jamestown (N.D.) holds the top spot with an overall record of 16-5.  Mayville State (N.D.) is second with 25-8 overall record.  Valley City State (N.D.) is No. 4 (12-19 overall record).  Presentation (S.D.) moved up to No. 5 spot with a 7-29 overall record, while Dickinson State (N.D.) dropped to No. 6 with a record of 5-27.  The weekly rankings are used to determine the NAIA Baseball Coaches' Top 25 national poll, which is released on every Tuesday afternoon by the NAIA national office.

QUICK LEADERS:  David Halstead leads the Trojans' offense attack with 33 hits.  He produces a batting average of .398 and a slugging percentage of .542.  Ian Barker records a batting average of .423 (11 hits) and a slugging percentage of .923 in six games this season.  Danny Flahie leads the team with 20 runs batted in (RBIs) and averages 0.7 RBI per game.  He ranks 6th in the nation in total triples with six triples and 10th in triples.  Andy Lee swipes two bases.  Jordan Sovich records an earned run average of 2.43, giving up nine earned runs (41st-best in the nation in total earned runs allowed).  Austin Weber, pitcher for the Trojans, leads the team with 28 strikeouts (6.52 strikeouts per game).   Nathan Wieneke ranks 10th in the nation in assists per game with an average of 3.3 assists per game.

LAST MEETING:  Dakota State was unable to hold on to their 1-0 lead in the last meeting with Mount Marty (S.D.) on March 26 at Riverside Park in Yankton, S.D.  The Lancers tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom fifth inning and exploded for three runs in the bottom eight inning to defeat the Trojans.  MMC's victory also snapped DSU's six-game winning streak in the series meeting.  Dakota State and Valley City State (N.D.) split their two meetings last season-both in the unaffiliated Association of Independent Institutions/Frontier Baseball Conference Tournament in Jamestown, N.D.  The Trojans and Vikings met in the first round on May 1, 2013, where DSU won a slugfest over VCSU by the score of 14-13 in 12 innings.  Dakota State outhit Valley City State 21-17 in the game.  Both teams met again in the loser's bracket, where VCSU came on top by the score of 13-9 (eliminated DSU from the conference postseason qualifying tournament). 

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State baseball and athletics all season long on  The Trojans are also on Twitter, just log onto  The Dakota State University Athletics group page can be found on Facebook on

FOLLOW DSU BASEBALL LIVE:  Fans can follow the Trojan Baseball this season on GameChanger (live stats/score/play-by-play website).  You can go to for more information.

UP NEXT:  Dakota State is scheduled to play their first home game of the season as they host Briar Cliff (Iowa) in a non-conference game the Flynn Field on April 15 (Tuesday).  On Wednesday, April 16, DSU heads to Mitchell, S.D. for a non-conference nine-inning game versus long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan.  First pitch from the Caldwell Park is set for 5 p.m.  On April 18-19, the Trojans are slated to play their first-ever NSAA conference four-game series at home, hosting Jamestown (N.D.) at the Flynn Field.  

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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