THIS WEEK: Dakota State (8-23 overall record) heads on the road this weekend for a pair of games against members of the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC). The Trojans visit Briar Cliff (Iowa) (7-25) Saturday afternoon at the Bishop Muller Field. First game of the doubleheader is set for 1:30 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa. On Sunday, DSU travels to Fremont, Neb. to take on Midland (Neb.) (22-18) in a doubleheader. First game is set for 1 p.m. at the Moeller Field.
TROJANS ADD GAMES TO 2013 SCHEDULE: Dakota State added a doubleheader on Sunday at Midland (Neb.). The Trojans added a single nine-inning game at their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan on April 26. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at the Caldwell Park/Drake Field in Mitchell, S.D.
LAST TIME OUT: DSU fell short twice to nationally-ranked Bellevue (Neb.) on April 15 in Omaha, Neb. The Trojans lost 2-0 and 5-3 to the Bruins, which recently jumped four spots from No. 10 to a tie at No. 6 spot in the NAIA Baseball Coaches' 'Top 25' national poll. Briar Cliff dropped a pair of conference games at Hastings on April 14. The Broncos swept the Chargers by the scores of 7-6 and 5-2. Midland won their fourth straight game on April 16 as they defeated Morningside (Iowa) 10-6 in Sioux City.
LAST MEETING: Dakota State and Briar Cliff split a doubleheader in Sioux City on April 11, 2012 in their last meeting. The Chargers scored twice in the bottom sixth inning to break up a 3-3 tie into a 5-3 victory in the first game. The Trojans bounced back in the second game as they rallied back in the top seventh frame with two runs scored and held on to a 7-6 win. Midland swept Dakota State in Trojans' season opener on Feb. 13 in Fremont, Neb. The Warriors produced a pair of 4-run third inning to record 8-2 and 7-0 victories over the Trojans.
DSU RANKS: According to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website as of Friday, Dakota State ranks 38th in the nation in home runs per game with an average of 0.5. Anyelo Roman is 15th in the nation in home runs per game (0.2) and 17th in runs batted in per game (1.1). He is 42nd in total home runs with six home runs. Rays Roman is 31st in the nation in stolen bases per game (0.6).
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: In the fourth 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 34-9, followed by Mayville State (24-2-1) at No. 2. Jamestown (N.D.) is at No. 3 with an 18-9 overall record. Dickinson State (N.D.) (21-11) is fourth and Valley City State (N.D.) (10-17) 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 .323 and 30 hits. He produces 31 RBIs and averages 1.1 RBIs per game. Rays Roman swipes 18 bases. Kevin Madera leads the team with an earned runs average of 5.55 (27 earned runs) on the pitching mound. He averages 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings (31 total strikeouts).
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State baseball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.
FOLLOW DSU BASEBALL ON GAMECHANGER: 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.
UP NEXT: Dakota State is scheduled to play a pair of nine-inning games next week. The Trojans visit NCAA Division I South Dakota State Wednesday at 3 p.m. DSU concludes their regular-season schedule next Friday, visiting their in-state rival Dakota Wesleyan. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. in Mitchell, S.D.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director