MADISON, S.D. - Four athletes from Dakota State University baseball team were named to the 2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.)/Frontier Baseball All-Conference honor. Rays Roman, Ryan Bourcier, Anyelo Roman and Kyle Holland were named to the All-Conference First Team.
Rays Roman was named to the All-Conference in the shortstop position. He started in all 41 games this season for the Trojans. He was 46-for-148 at the plate, producing a batting average of .311. Rays Roman smashed five home runs this season. He had five doubles and a triple with a slugging percentage of .459. He accumulated a total of 24 runs batted in (RBIs).
Rays Roman swiped 24 bases in 27 attempts this season for DSU. He broke the DSU career record for most stolen bases with 45 (previous old mark was set by Brooks Marquardt with 38 stolen bases in 2003-04). According to the DakStats-NAIA statistical website as of Tuesday, Rays Roman ranks 27th in the nation in stolen bases per game (0.6) and 49th in total stolen bases (24).
Rays is the son of Manuel and Ramona Roman of Lowell, Mass. He is a senior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.
Bourcier (first baseman) was selected to the All-Conference infield position. He started in every game this season for Dakota State, recording 38 hits in 135 plate appearances for a batting average of .281. Bourcier had seven home runs (50th in the nation in total home runs) and seven doubles for a slugging percentage of .496. He recorded 24 RBIs and scored 20 times.
During his three-year career at Dakota State, Bourcier played in 116 games and produced a career batting average of .312. He amassed a total of 100 hits, including 15 home runs and 24 doubles. Bourcier recorded 64 RBIs and .526 career slugging percentage.
Defensively, Bourcier recorded 100 chances with 91 put-outs, 6 assists and 3 errors for a fielding percentage of .970 this season.
Ryan is the son of Raymond and Melanie Bourcier of Warren, Mich. He is a senior Exercise Science major at DSU.
Senior outfielder Anyelo Roman earned his All-Conference honor for his second straight year for the Trojans. In 35 games played this season, he was 37-for-120 at the plate with a batting average of .308. He blasted eight home runs (31st in the nation in most home runs) and four doubles with a slugging percentage of .542. He led the team in RBIs with 38, which is 17th-best in the nation. He scored 15 runs.
Anyelo Roman broke the DSU school record in most career home runs with 25 (previous old mark was set by Shea Tonkin with 18 home runs in 2005-07). He is second in the Trojan record book for career RBIs with 93.
On the pitching mound during the 2013 season, Anyelo Roman was 1-3 overall record and one save with an earned average of 3.38 in 18 1/3 innings of work. He allowed 19 runs (12 unearned) on 18 hits. He recorded 15 strikeouts.
Anyelo is the son of Manuel and Ramona Roman of Lowell, Mass.
Holland was selected to the All-Conference in the catcher position. He led the team's batting average of .333 in 41 games played this season. Holland had 46 hits in 138 plate appearances, including eight doubles (slugging percentage of .391). He recorded 15 RBIs and scored 28 times. He swiped 10 bases.
Holland amassed a total of 222 chances, defensively. He had 164 put-outs, 47 assists and 11 errors for a fielding percentage of .950.
Kyle is the son of Chris and Rhonda Zakarian of Norwich, Conn. He is a junior Exercise Science major at Dakota State University.
John Pistulka of Mayville State (N.D.) was selected to the A.I.I./Frontier Baseball Player of the Year. MSU's Scott Berry was chosen to the A.I.I/Frontier Baseball Coach of the Year.
Below is the list of the 2013 A.I.I./Frontier Baseball All-Conference First Team:
|1B||Brenden Shearer||Valley City State (N.D.)||Senior||Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada|
|2B||Nolan Skowronek||Jamestown (N.D.)||Junior||Gilbert, Ariz.|
|3B||Nico Moreno||Jamestown (N.D.)||Senior||Glendale, Calif.|
|SS||Rays Roman||Dakota State (S.D.)||Senior||Lowell, Mass.|
|INF||Ryan Bourcier||Dakota State (S.D.)||Senior||Warren, Mich.|
|OF||John Pistulka||Mayville State (N.D.)||Sophomore||Wabasso, Minn.|
|OF||Jordan Tescher||Dickinson State (N.D.)||Sophomore||Beach, N.D.|
|OF||Spencer Flatten||Jamestown (N.D.)||Junior||West Fargo, N.D.|
|OF||Anyelo Roman||Dakota State (S.D.)||Senior||Lowell, Mass.|
|C||Zach Mihic||Mayville State (N.D.)||Sophomore||Langley, B.C. Canada|
|C||Kyle Holland||Dakota State (S.D.)||Junior||Norwich, Conn.|
|P||Blake Stewart||Jamestown (N.D.)||Junior||Lander, B.C. Canada|
|P||Tanner Newman||Dickinson State (N.D.)||Senior||Bozeman, Mont.|
|P||Vic Sokolofsky||Mayville State (N.D.)||Senior||Moorhead, Minn.|
|P||Ronnie Blagg||Valley City State (N.D.)||Senior||La Puente, Calif.|
|RP||Duell Higbe||Mayville State (N.D.)||Senior||Austin, Minn.|
|Player of the Year: John Pistulka - Mayville State (N.D.)|
|Coach of the Year: Scott Berry - Mayville State (N.D.)|
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director