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January 18, 2016

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – Dakota State (S.D.) edged out Viterbo (Wis.) to finish sixth in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball Conference Coaches' Preseason Poll announced Monday.  The Trojans tallied 46 points in the poll, while the V-Hawks registered 45 points to finish seventh.

Bellevue (Neb.) is the unanimous favorite to win the 2016 NSAA Baseball league title with 10 first-place votes for 100 points, voted by the conference coaches.  Jamestown (N.D.) was picked to finish second with 87 points, followed by Mayville State (N.D.) third with 83 points, Valley City State (N.D.) fourth with 61 points and Dickinson State (N.D.) fifth with 59 points.

Waldorf (Iowa) was predicted to finish eighth with 32 points, while Presentation (S.D.) placed ninth with 24 points.  Winnipeg (Manitoba) was picked to finish last with 11 points.

The Trojans – who finished their 2015 season with an overall record of 15-36 and 9-11 conference record with a fourth-place finish in the NSAA standings – open up their 2016 season with a doubleheader at Mount Marty (S.D.) on March 5 before heading to Arizona to play nine games in the Tucson Invitational from March 7-15.  Dakota State's baseball home opener is scheduled for March 20 versus Briar Cliff (Iowa) at Flynn Field.

DSU opens up the NSAA conference schedule March 25-26 with a four-game series with Mayville State, who won the 2015 NSAA Baseball Postseason Conference Tournament last season.

There will be two automatic bids for the NSAA conference to represent in the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round, which is held on May 16-19 at nine different sites announced by the NAIA national office later this spring.  The NSAA regular-season conference winner and the postseason conference tournament winner will earn a trip to the national tournament.

The NSAA Baseball Conference Postseason Tournament will take place at two host institutions – the University of Jamestown and Valley City State.  The conference tournament kicks off on May 6 and runs through May 10.

The NAIA Baseball World Series is slated to be played in Lewiston, Idaho from May 27 through June 3.

Below is the complete 2016 NSAA Baseball Coaches' Preseason Poll:

2016 North Star Athletic Association Baseball Preseason Poll

Rank

School

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (10)

100

2

Jamestown (N.D.)

87

3

Mayville State (N.D.)

83

4

Valley City State (N.D.)

61

5

Dickinson State (N.D.)

59

6

Dakota State (S.D.)

46

7

Viterbo (Wis.)

45

8

Waldorf (Iowa)

32

9

Presentation (S.D.)

24

10

Winnipeg (Manitoba)

11

*First-place votes in parenthesis


Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
 
 
 
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