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DWU notebook: Tigers leading conference

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team has the highest batting average of any Great Plains Athletic Conference team. The Tigers (19-18, 6-6 GPAC) have a team batting average of .318 on the season and have recorded 337 hits. Behind DWU, whic...

Lucas Schultz
DWU pitcher Lucas Schultz prepares to deliver a pitch against Presentation College on March 29 at Drake Field in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

The Dakota Wesleyan University baseball team has the highest batting average of any Great Plains Athletic Conference team.

The Tigers (19-18, 6-6 GPAC) have a team batting average of .318 on the season and have recorded 337 hits. Behind DWU, which was fourth in the GPAC standings before Tuesday's doubleheader, is Nebraska Wesleyan with a .303 batting average.

DWU also has the conference's top batter in shortstop Michael Lukkason. Lukkason remains atop the GPAC in batting average, going .423 behind the plate. The senior also leads in total number of hits with 47.

The Tigers also lead the GPAC in runs batted in (RBI) per game with 6.31. Following DWU is Northwestern with 4.73 RBIs per game.

Cusick leads conference in eight batting categories

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Tim Cusick has recorded 50 RBIs for the Tigers so far this season.

The first baseman leads the Great Plains Athletic Conference in RBIs and RBIs per game. Following Cusick for total RBIs are Mount Marty College's Jared Miller and Midland University's Vinnie Orsi, who each have 31.

Cusick, of St. Louis, averages 1.52 RBIs per game, leading Nebraska Wesleyan University's Alex Heideman with 1.08 RBIs per game.

Cusick also leads the the conference in total number of triples with eight. DWU's Toby Kaplan sits behind Cusick with five triples this season. Cusick also leads the GPAC in triples per game.

Cusick has hit eight home runs this season, which also leads the GPAC, and is No. 1 in average home runs per game with .24.

He also leads the conference in total bases per game (2.73) and total bases (90).

Anderus leads Wesleyan softball team in batting average

Katie Anderus leads the Dakota Wesleyan University softball team (6-16 overall, 4-4 GPAC) in batting average.

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The sophomore infielder has a batting average of .371 this season. Anderus, of Lancaster, Calif., has recorded eight RBIs and hit five doubles for DWU.

The Tigers' leading pitcher is Jill Dickson (3-9) with a 4.65 earned run average (ERA). The junior right-hander has 58 strikeouts for DWU.

The Tigers have not played in a game since April 7 because of poor weather calling off or postponing their games.

Golf team fundraiser event canceled

The DWU golf team fundraiser event, scheduled for Saturday at Wild Oak Golf Club in Mitchell, has been canceled, coach Adam Anderson said.

This spring, the DWU golf teams haven't had many meets with the weather postponing or canceling nearly all of their competition.

The men's team has competed twice and has had three meets canceled. The Tigers' last time on the course was April 8 at the GPAC Qualifier No. 3 tournament.

The women's team has had four meets canceled and one postponed.

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On April 9, the Tigers were scheduled to compete in the third conference tournament, but it was called off due to wintry weather. Now, the final two GPAC tournaments are being held April 26 in Dakota Dunes, SD at Two Rivers Golf Course. All players will play 36 holes.

The last time the Tiger women, who lead the conference race, have taken the course to compete was March 18-19 in Winfield, Kan.

Both the DWU men and women are scheduled to play Sunday in Okoboji, Iowa, at Brooks National Golf Course, a meet hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College.

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