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January 22, 2015

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its preseason baseball poll Thursday.  Jamestown (N.D.) was the unanimous pick to win the 2015 league title, announced by the conference office.

Dakota State earned 18 points to finish fourth in the preseason poll.  The Trojans posted an overall record of 21-28 and 6-10 NSAA conference mark last spring.  DSU returns 19 players from last year's team, including an All-Conference First Team selection Zac Smith (pitcher).

The NSAA baseball season will consist of 20 games (10 doubleheaders) and conclude with the NSAA Postseason Tournament on May 1-4 in Dickinson, N.D. at Astoria Field (Southside Park).

The winner of the NSAA Baseball Postseason Conference Tournament will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round, which is held at nine different sites announced by the NAIA on a later date.  The national tournament takes place on May 12-15.

The NAIA World Series, including nine winners from each opening round sites and host-team Lewis-Clark State, is slated for May 22-29 in Lewiston, Idaho.

Dakota State kicks off their 2015 campaign, under fifth-year head coach Scott Hortness, on Saturday Feb. 14 with a pair of games in Oklahoma City, Okla.  The Trojans will face West Texas A&M in the season opener game at 2 p.m., followed by a contest versus Oklahoma Christian.  DSU will play a nine-inning game with Oklahoma Christian on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.

The Trojans are scheduled to play their first home doubleheader versus long-time rival Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) on March 19 at Flynn Field.  The NSAA Baseball conference opener kicks off on March 28-29 in a four-game series at home versus Valley City State (N.D.).

Below is the complete 2015 NSAA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2015 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Jamestown (N.D.) (6)

36

2

Mayville State (N.D.)

30

3

Valley City State (N.D.)

24

4

Dakota State (S.D.)

18

5

Dickinson State (N.D.)

12

6

Presentation (S.D.)

6

*First-place votes in parenthesis


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director
 
 
 
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