Beginning his third season as Head Baseball Coach for the Trojans, Scott Hortness and his staff have made recruiting priority number one and expect their efforts to net more than two dozen faces into the program.
"We must have talent and depth to accomplish our goals on the baseball field," said Hortness. "In 2011, we got 'pushed around' pretty good out there and that is acceptable for one season when we are putting the program on a new course. But one year like that is enough."
Hortness is originally from South Dakota, graduating from Parker and playing his amateur baseball in Freeman for more than 15 years. Earning both his bachelor's and master's degrees in teaching from Northern State University, Hortness was a two-time All-District shortstop for the Wolves.
For nine seasons, Hortness was the pitching coach at Campbellsville University and helped build the Tigers into one of the top baseball programs in the country. The Tigers won four conference titles and six tournament championships. In 2009, Campbellsville went to the NAIA College World Series and had one of their pitchers featured on ESPN.
"Provided with the necessary resources, we can build the same type of program here at Dakota State University," stated Hortness.
Hortness is an instructor in the College of Education at Dakota State University and resides in Madison.
|RS||Joe Mazour*||FR||P||R/R||6-2||155||Vermillion, S.D.||Vermillion High School|
|1||Nathan Wieneke||SO||INF||R/R||5-10||160||Slayton, Minn.||Murray County High School|
|2||Danny Lopiparo||JR||P||R/R||5-8||155||Redwood City, Calif.||Skyline College|
|3||Jordan Sovich||JR||P||R/R||6-0||160||Lake Stevens, Wash.||Lake Stevens High School/ Skagit Va|
|4||Mike Chartier||SR||RHP||R/R||6-1||200||Tewksburg, Mass.||Tewksburg High School|
|5||Taylor Boerger||FR||P||R/R||6-1||185||Milbank, S.D.||Milbank High School|
|6||Danny Flahie||SR||INF||L/R||5-10||175||Moab, Utah||Grand County High School|
|7||Ian Barker||SO||OF/P||R/R||6-1||210||Independence, Mo.||MCC-Longview|
|8||Evan Tufvesson||JR||OF||R/R||6-0||160||Jackson, Minn.||Jackson County Central|
|9||Joe Davis||JR||INF/OF||R/R||6-2||200||Aptos, Calif.||Mission College|
|10||Luke Gassman||SO||P||L/L||6-2||170||Flandreau, S.D.||Flandreau High School|
|11||Jake Ferdinand||FR||INF||R/R||5-10||195||Rapid City, S.D.||Rapid City Stevens High School|
|12||Robert Roman||JR||P||R/R||5-10||170||San Francisco, Calif.||Skyline College|
|13||Anthony Martinez||JR||OF/P||R/R||5-8||195||Los Angeles, Calif.||Pasadena City College|
|14||Jon Forster||FR||OF/P||L/R||6-0||165||Salem, S.D.||McCook Central High School|
|15||Zac Smith||JR||P||R/R||6-2||225||Sommerset, S.D.||Bismarck State College|
|16||Ross Kortan||FR||P||R/R||5-8||160||Tyndall, S.D.||Bon Homme High School|
|17||Evan Steemken||SO||1B/P||R/R||6-2||250||North Sioux City, Iowa||Dakota Valley High School|
|19||JD Farley||JR||RHP/OF||R/R||6-1||185||Winner, S.D.||Winner High School|
|20||Seth Rockafellow||SR||OF/RHP||R/R||6-0||175||Hartford, S.D.||Tea Area High School|
|21||Nick Serrata||JR||INF||R/R||6-0||175||San Mateo, Calif.||Skyline College|
|22||Seth Spears||SR||C||R/R||6-1||200||Arroyo Grande, Calif.||Arroyo Grande High School|
|23||Drew Sweeter||SR||INF/C/RHP||R/R||6-1||190||Lennox, S.D.||Lennox High School/ Minnesota West|
|24||Tyler Ouellette||SO||OF||R/R||5-11||165||Golden, Colo||Golden High School|
|25||Andy Lee||SR||INF||R/R||5-11||200||Brookings, S.D.||Brookings High School|
|28||Mitch Bouchard||JR||P||R/R||5-11||225||Harrow, Ontario Canada||Northeastern Junior College|
|30||Jamie Jorgensen||SO||INF/P||R/R||6-3||200||Groton, S.D.||Groton Area High School|
|31||Austin Weber||SR||P||R/R||6-5||230||Bellevue, Wash.||Joel E. Ferris High School/ Spokane|
|33||Jordan Entrikin||JR||C||R/R||6-0||225||Milwaukie, Ore.||Clark College|
|35||Ryan Schlesser||JR||C||R/R||6-2||210||Tenino, Wash.||Grays Harbor College|
|36||Riley Bullington||SO||OF||R/R||5-11||215||Brookings, S.D.||Brookings High School|
|44||Travis Fleming||SO||OF||R/R||5-9||190||Phoenix, Ariz.||Glendale Community College|
|45||Bryant Westra||JR||P||R/R||6-3||210||Muskegon, Mich.||Muskegon Community College|
|53||David Novak||FR||C||R/R||5-11||195||Tucson, AZ||Tanque Verde High School|
|55||David Halstead||JR||INF||R/R||6-2||240||Los Angeles, Calif.||Pasadena Community College|