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Baseball - Thu, Apr. 27, 2017

April 27, 2017



· The Dakota State University (S.D.) Trojan Baseball team (2-26 overall record, 2-18 North Star Athletic Association conference record) concludes their regular-season schedule with four games at Flynn Field (South Egan Ave. in downtown Madison, S.D.) on Friday and Saturday.

· The Trojans host Presentation (S.D.) (10-35 overall record, 2-18 North Star conference record) in a key North Star Athletic Association four-game series.

· DSU concludes their 12-game home stand on Friday and Saturday at Flynn Field.

· First game of the doubleheader on Friday is set for 2 p.m. with a nine-inning game, followed by a seven-inning game.  On Saturday, another doubleheader will be played with the first game (nine-inning game) at 12 noon, followed by a seven-inning game.


· Dakota State (S.D.) will provide live stats/play-by-play of the baseball four-game series this weekend versus Presentation (S.D.) on Friday and Saturday.  

· Make sure you check the DSU Athletics' home page on to view the live coverage of the NSAA's four-game baseball series.

· Follow the DSU Athletics' Twitter for score updates and recaps (@GoDaSUAthletics).  Go to


· Garrett Mullins is the only senior on this year's Dakota State (S.D.) Trojan Baseball team.

· Prior to this weekend's game, Mullins played in 50 career games in his two years at Dakota State.  He played first base, pitcher and outfield for the Trojans this year.

· He smashed his first career home run at DSU versus Valley City State (N.D.) on April 22.  Mullins also had seven career doubles.

· Mullins recorded a career fielding percentage of .963 and collected 200 career putouts. 


· Dakota State (S.D.) could not come up with a victory versus Valley City State (N.D.) in the North Star's Baseball four-game series at Flynn Field on April 22-23.

· The Vikings swept the doubleheader 13-3 in seven innings in the four-game series and held off the Trojans 3-0 in the second game on April 22.

· VCSU took the final two game of the series, earning 14-3 7-inning victory while closing out the four-game series with a 13-7 victory over DSU.

· Five different Trojan players hit a home run during the four-game series.  Smith Kemper, Juan Sermo, Garrett Mullins and Jalen Boyd each had a home run.  Dyshawn Proudlove smashed a pair of home runs in DSU's four-game series finale.

· VCSU outhit DSU 41-21 in the four-game series, but the Trojans hit six home runs compared to the Vikings two home runs.

· Boyd tossed four scoreless innings in two pitching appearances for the Trojans.  He limited the Vikings to just three hits and issued a walk.

· Connor Nagel led Dakota State with four runs batted in (RBI) in the series with Valley City State.  Proudlove, Kemper and Sermo each had two RBIs.

· Three Trojans recorded at least .600 slugging percentage during the series at Flynn Field.  Proudlove led the team with 1.333 slugging percentage, while Mullins recorded .800 slugging percentage.  Kemper added .667 slugging percentage. 

· Dakota State held its season low opponent (Valley City State) of .167 batting average during the second game of the four-game series, where the Trojans fell short 3-0.  DSU also limited VCSU to just four hits in the game.

· Kemper led the team with four hits, four runs scored in the series for DSU.  Kemper and Sermo each had a double. 


· The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Baseball Postseason Conference Tournament is scheduled for next weekend in Jamestown, N.D. and Valley City, N.D.

· Top eight in the North Star conference standings will advance to the postseason tournament.  NSAA have two automatic bids to the NAIA Baseball National Tournament (regular-season champion and tournament champion, but if the regular-season champion wins the tournament, the second automatic bid will go to the runner-up team in the tournament).

· Dakota State (S.D.) needs to win all four games over Presentation (S.D.) this weekend with a help from Mayville State (N.D.) to sweep all four games versus Winnipeg (Manitoba) this weekend in order to qualify for the North Star conference tournament.


· Dakota State (S.D.) won six times in the last eight North Star conference games with Presentation (S.D.).

· After falling short in the four-game series opener last year at Presentation, the Trojans won the next three games by winning each game at least a run (including a pair of two-run games).

· The last time both teams met at the Flynn Field was on April 25-26, 2015.  Both teams split their doubleheader with DSU winning the first game 3-1 while PC rallied back for a 14-11 11-inning affair on April 25, 2015.

· DSU completed the four-game series with a doubleheader sweep over PC on April 26, 2015.  The Trojans won by the scores of 11-5 and 2-1.


· Hits:  Smith Kemper—32 hits

· Batting Average:  Smith Kemper—.348 (32-of-92)

· Slugging Percentage:  Dyshawn Proudlove—.750 (3 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs)

· Doubles:  Smith Kemper—7 doubles

· Triples:  Dyshawn Proudlove, Connor Nagel—2 triples

· Home Runs:  Juan Sermo, Smith Kemper—4 home runs

· Runs Batted In (RBIs):  Connor Nagel—17 RBIs

· Walks:  Connor Nagel—12 walks

· Hit-by-Pitch:  Andrew Hesse, Jalen Boyd—3 hit-by-pitches

· Stolen Bases:  Smith Kemper—7 stolen bases

· On-base percentage:  Smith Kemper—.413 on-base percentage

· Earned Run Average (ERA):  Hayden Rainey—8.67 ERA (26 earned runs in 27 innings)

· Pitching Wins:  Garrison Collier, Jalen Boyd—1 win

· Saves:  Dyshawn Proudlove—1 save

· Innings Pitched:  David Kirby—32 1/3 innings

· Pitching Opponent Batting Average:  David Kirby—.317 opponents' batting average


· Twitter:  @GoDaSUAthletics

· Facebook:  DSUTrojanAthletics

· Instagram:  dsu_athletics

· DSU Baseball Twitter:  @BaseballDSU

· DSU Baseball Facebook:  @Dakota-State-Trojan-Baseball

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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