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Baseball - Tue, Apr. 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

NAIA PRESS RELEASE

KANSAS CITY, Mo.Ian Barker (SR/Independence, Mo.) of Dakota State (S.D.) has been named the NAIA Baseball Player-of-the-Week, the national office announced Tuesday.  Barker was selected based on their performances from April 18-24 and was chosen from a pool of conference/Association of Independent institutions winners. 

Baseball Player-of-the-Week
Ian Barker, Dakota State (S.D.)
6-2, Sr., OF, Independence, Mo.

  • Hit .600 (12-of-20) on the week with eight runs scored, six home runs, two doubles and a triple to lead the Trojans to a 4-2 week.
  • Recorded at least one hit, one home run and one RBI in four-of-five games.
  • Had a slugging percentage of 1.700.
  • Achieved a three hit, five RBI and two home runs performance in a 5-2 win against Mount Marty (S.D.) on April 19.
  • Ranks fifth in the NAIA in slugging percentage (0.818).
  • This is his first career national player of the week award.

Barker broke the DSU school record for most career triples with seven after hitting a triple in the third game of the North Star Athletic Association's four-game series versus Viterbo (Wis.).  The previous old record was set by Danny Flahie (2013-14) and Chaz Palmer (2010-13) with six career triples. 

Barker accumulated a total of 18 home runs during his career at DSU.  He is tied for second most career home run in the Trojan Baseball record book with Shea Tonkin (2005-07).

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

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

 
 
 
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