THIS WEEK: Heading into their final week of regular-season play, the Dakota State University baseball team (9-25 overall record) plays three different South Dakota teams this week. The Trojans play NCAA Division I South Dakota State (17-12) Wednesday at Sioux City East High School in Sioux City, Iowa. On Friday evening, DSU visits their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan (20-21) in a nine-inning game. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Caldwell Park/Drake Field. The Trojans travel to Sioux Falls on Saturday for a match-up with NCAA Division II Augustana (S.D.) (26-15). First pitch from the Karras Park Home of Ronken Field is set for 1 p.m.
ANYELO ROMAN EXTENDS SCHOOL RECORD, RANKS NATIONALLY: Anyelo Roman extended DSU's school record career home run to 24 after blasting a home run at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 20. He recorded his seventh home run this season. According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Tuesday, Anyelo Roman ranks 12th in the nation in home runs per game (0.2) and 31st in home runs (7). He is 13th in the nation in runs batted in per game (1.1). He produced 90 career RBIs, which is the second most career RBIs in DSU school record book.
RAYS ROMAN BREAK DSU SCHOOL RECORD IN STOLEN BASES: Rays Roman recorded two stolen bases at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 20 to earn his 41st career stolen bases at DSU, which is the new DSU school record in career stolen bases. He swiped 20 bases in 23 attempts this season. Rays Roman had 21 stolen bases in 29 attempts in 2012. The previous old mark was set by Brooks Marquardt with 38 career stolen bases set from 2003-04 (he holds the school record for most stolen bases in a single season with 25 stolen bases in 2003).
TROJANS PITCHING: Dakota State have 11 different pitchersâ€”Jordan Sovich, Anyelo Roman, Josh Caven, Evan Steemken, Jamie Jorgensen, Drew Sweeter, Austin Weber, Seth Spears, Michael Crain, Kevin Madera and Josh Grissom) recording an earned run average (ERA) below 5.00. As a team, the Trojans produce an ERA of 4.47.
LAST TIME OUT: Dakota State went 1-2 last weekend against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Trojans split a doubleheader at Briar Cliff (Iowa) on April 20 in Sioux City, Iowa. DSU shut down the Chargers in the first game 3-0, but fell short in the second game by the score of 5-3. On April 21, the Trojans traveled to Fremont, Neb. for a nine-inning game with Midland (Neb.). Dakota State was unable to convert their scoring opportunities as they were defeated by the Warriors 1-0. The last time South Dakota State played was on April 14 with a Summit League doubleheader sweep at Oakland (Mich.) by the scores of 3-0 and 10-3. Dakota Wesleyan recorded just one win in the last eight GPAC conference games last week. The Tigers suffered a doubleheader sweep at Midland (Neb.) on April 15, at Northwestern (Iowa) on April 16 and at Doane (Neb.) on April 20. DWU ended their losing streak with a doubleheader split at Hastings (Neb.) on April 21. Augustana won their 10th straight game after their home four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference sweep over Minnesota-Crookston on April 20 and 21 in Sioux Falls. The Vikings outscored the Golden Eagles 60-4 in the series.
LAST MEETING: The last time Dakota State played South Dakota State was in 1982 in Brookings. The Trojans and Jackrabbits split their doubleheader as SDSU won the first game by the score of 8-7. DSU bounced back in the second game to earn a 4-3 victory. DSU won the battle of in-state rivals in the last meeting with DWU. The Trojans swept the Tigers 6-5 and 6-3 at Flynn Field on March 21, 2012. Augustana and Dakota State met in 1995 in their last meeting. The Vikings earned a doubleheader sweep over the Trojans at the Flynn Field in Madison. The last time DSU defeated AC was in 1977 when the Trojans took three games in the four-game series with the Vikings.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: In the fifth weekly A.I.I.-Frontier ranking, Dakota State remains No. 6 in the standings. Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) is currently on the top of the standings with an overall record of 36-11, followed by Mayville State (27-3-1) at No. 2. Jamestown (N.D.) is at No. 3 with an 19-9 overall record. Dickinson State (N.D.) (24-12) is fourth and Valley City State (N.D.) (13-20) is fifth in the standings. The standings is used to determine the seeding for the upcoming unaffiliated A.I.I./Frontier conference tournament, hosted by Jamestown (N.D.) on May 1-4 in Jamestown, N.D. All teams, except Lewis-Clark State (host bid for the Avista-NAIA World Series) will be competing in the conference tournament.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Anyelo Roman leads the team with a batting average of .324 and 33 hits. He produces 35 RBIs and averages 1.1 RBIs per game. Rays Roman swipes 20 bases. Kevin Madera leads the team with an earned runs average of 4.64 (22 earned runs) on the pitching mound. He averages 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings (40 total strikeouts).
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State baseball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.
FOLLOW DSU BASEBALL LIVE: Fans can follow the Trojan Baseball this season on GameChanger (live stats/score/play-by-play website). You can go to http://www.gamechanger.io/t/spring-2013/dsu-trojans-baseball-5106b59fbce231ef05000001 for more information. On Saturday, Augustana will be providing a live video of Trojans-Vikings baseball game on http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/augie.portal#.
UP NEXT: Dakota State is scheduled to start their postseason play next week in the unaffiliated tournamentâ€”teams from Association of Independent Institutions and Frontier conferences. The postseason tournament is slated to start on May 1 and runs through May 4.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director