The Sam Houston State baseball team has played its way into the national rankings, debuting this week at No. 20 in Baseball America’s weekly top-25. The 10-2 Bearkats are tied for their highest ranking ever as a Division I program.
The Kats won three straight games over ranked opponents last week, starting with No. 10 Rice in Reckling Park in Houston before beating No. 12 TCU and No. 26 Texas Tech at the Houston College Classic.
SHSU was selected to three other polls this week as well. The Kats appear at No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, while PerfectGame.org has the Bearkats in their national rankings at No. 25 and the NCBWA ranked the Kats 28th this week.
Virginia stands atop both the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls while South Carolina headlines the Coaches Poll.
This is the earliest in the season that SHSU has made an appearance in a Division I national poll.
The Kats were ranked for eight consecutive weeks during the 2012 season, reaching as high as No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll. SHSU was in the Baseball America poll for four weeks back in 2012 and reached their highest rank of 21st April 30.
Don Sanders Stadium will play host to a matchup of two ranked teams Wednesday when Sam Houston State and No. 17 Rice meet up at 6:30 p.m.