THIS WEEK: Dakota State (8-6 overall record) returns back to softball action with six games scheduled in the next four days. The Trojans play four games in the Morningside Softball Tournament at SYA Complex in Sioux City, Iowa. On Monday, DSU visits their in-state rival Mount Marty (S.D.) in a doubleheader at the Riverside Park in Yankton, S.D.
MORNINGSIDE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT: Dakota State plays four game in the softball tournament Friday and Saturday, hosted by Morningside (Iowa) College. The Trojans kick off the tournament Friday with a pair of Great Plains Athletic Conference foes. DSU plays Concordia (Neb.) at 11 a.m. and host-team Morningside at 1 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Trojans take on Association of Independent Institutions conference foe Valley City State (N.D.) at 3 p.m. DSU concludes the tournament with a game at 5 p.m., facing Bellevue (Neb.).
DSU AWAY FROM HOME: Dakota State had already played 14 games away from the Thue Softball Complex. The Trojans are 4-2 on the road and 4-4 on the neutral sites. Dakota State played in the McPherson (Kan.) Tournament in Wichita and Sterling (Kan.) Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Earlier this season.
TROJANS' SEASON HOME OPENER SCHEDULED: DSU is scheduled to play their first home games at Thue Softball Complex on Saturday, April 6. The Trojans welcome Presentation (S.D.) in a doubleheader, starting at 2 p.m. It was originally scheduled to be played in Aberdeen, S.D., but the wet field conditions had forced the relocation to Madison.
REGIONALLY SPEAKING: In the second weekly A.I.I.-Frontier ranking, Dakota State is ranked No. 4 in the standings. Dickinson State (N.D.) in the top of the ranking with an overall record of 10-10. Great Falls (Mont.) is at No. 2 spot with an overall record of 15-7. Jamestown (N.D.) is third with 8-6 record. Valley City State (N.D.) (1-15 record) and Mayville State (N.D.) (2-8 record) are tied for fifth in the ranking. The weekly ranking is used to determine the seeding for the upcoming unaffiliated A.I.I./Frontier conference tournament, hosted by Valley City State (N.D.) on May 2-4 in Valley City, N.D. The top four teams along with host-team Valley City State will be competing in the conference tournament.
DSU QUICK LEADERS: Audrey Lorenz leads the Trojans' offensive attack with 20 hits and a batting average of .500. Samantha Deen records 18 hits with a batting average of .474. Brittany Hills produces 15 runs batted in (RBIs). Deen produces an earned runs average of 2.96 on the pitching mound, allowing 11 earned runs this season. Katie Silbowski records 36 strikeouts. She ranks 23rd in the nation in saves (2). Chelsey John swipes eight bases this season (47th in the nation in stolen bases per gameâ€”average of 0.6).
NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS: Dakota State ranks eighth in the nation in hits per game (10.2), according to the NAIA-DakStats statistical website. DSU ranks 12th in doubles per game (2.0), 13th in triples per game (0.4), 15th in batting average (.354) and 20th in RBIs (6.2).
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Dakota State softball and athletics all season long at www.twitter.com/GoDaSUAthletics.
FOLLOW DSU SOFTBALL ON GAMECHANGER: Fans can follow the Trojan Softball this season on GameChanger (live stats/score/play-by-play website). You can go to http://www.gamechanger.io/t/spring-2013/trojans-50ed80b51bdb1ec741000001 for more information.
UP NEXT: Dakota State plays their first home game of the season on Saturday, April 6. The Trojans host Presentation (S.D.) in a doubleheader at Thue Softball Complex. First game of the doubleheader is slated for 2 p.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director