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Baseball - Mon, Apr. 25, 2016

April 25, 2016

NSAA PRESS RELEASE

MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has selected Dakota State's (S.D.) Ian Barker as its Baseball Player-of-the-Week, the seventh edition of the weekly honor was announced Monday by the conference office.  He had a monstrous week where he posted a batting average of .600 along with an amazing slugging percentage of 1.700.

Barker – 6-foot-2 senior outfielder for the Trojans, played in five of six Trojans baseball games last week where they went 4-2 record.  He was 12-of-20 at the plate, blasted six home runs, two doubles and a triple.  He also drove in 12 runs and recorded an on-base percentage of .619.  He had four multi-hits games during the week, recording three hits during the game three times.

Barker smashed two home runs during DSU's 5-2 game two victory over in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) on April 19.  He hit a 2-run home run in the bottom fourth inning to give Trojans a 2-0 lead and later hit a game-winning 3-run home run in the bottom sixth inning for the victory.  He was perfect 3-for-3 at the plate in the game.

Barker added another two home runs in a single game in Dakota State's 15-6 NSAA four-game series opener against Viterbo (Wis.) on April 23.  He hit a solo home run over the left field fence in the opening inning for DSU 2-0 lead.  Barker began the Trojans' three consecutive home runs in the bottom eighth inning, where he started off with a 2-run home run, followed by Jacob Arlt and Jamie Jorgensen with back-to-back solo home runs.

Tied 6-6 in the second game of the NSAA's four-game series versus the V-Hawks on April 23, Barker hit a 3-run home run over the center field fence as the Trojans held on for a 9-6 victory. 

Barker drilled a triple in his first at-bat on April 24, despite an 8-6 10-inning loss to VU in the third game of the four-game series.  It was his seventh career triple at Dakota State, breaking a new school record in career triples set by a pair of former Trojan players Danny Flahie (2013-14) and Chaz Palmer (2010-13) each with six career triples.

DSU's Barker almost recorded a hit cycle in the third game against Viterbo.  He was 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run, triple and double with an RBI. 

In the four-game series finale, Barker was 2-for-4 at the plate with two singles in Trojans' 6-5 8-inning thriller.  He earned a no decision on the pitching mound as he tossed seven innings.  He allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out five VU's batters.

According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Monday, Barker ranks fifth in the nation in slugging percentage of .818.  He is also 21st in home run per game (0.281) and 23rd in triples per game (0.125).

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

Dakota State plays its final non-conference game of the season Tuesday afternoon as they visit NCAA Division I South Dakota State.  First pitch is set for 3 p.m. at Erv Huether Field in Brookings, S.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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