The Blue Hawks knew they were going to be a long road trip.
Then, the pairings were released for the NAIA National Softball Tournament and Dickinson State found out it's heading to Irvine, California.
The first round is made up of ten, four-team mini-brackets with the ten champions heading to Sioux City, Iowa. DSU is in the Concordia bracket, named after Concordia (Calif.), the No. 3 ranked team in the country. The Hawks are the 3-seed and they'll play Cal State-San Marcos in their first game on Monday.
Dickinson State qualified for nationals by winning the North Star Conference championship. The Hawks beat the Jimmies twice for the title.
"We have to go in there with nothing to lose," said DSU head coach Kristen Fluery. "Every team starts with a new record and everybody has gotten there for a reason. They can win games and win in big opportunities so I think we have to go in there with nothing to lose and play our game and see what happens."
"Whatever happens, we won conference and it's over it's in the past, so now we need to look forward to the regional and nationals but it's game by game we have to work on," said DSU catcher Claudia Torres.
The Blue Hawks are 41-10 so far this season.