Sam Houston State will play No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 12 noon Wednesday in the first round of the 2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament.
The Bearkats are the No. 1 seed in the Southland tournament for the first time in the 20-year history of the event. Sam Houston’s previous highest seed was No. 2 in 1994.
Sam Houston rolled up a 24-9 Southland record to earn its first Southland Conference regular season championship since 1989 (the Kats' second year in the league). The 24 victories ties the record for most Southland victories in one season set by Texas State and UTSA.
Only twice in the 19-year modern history of the tournament, which decides the Southland’s representative to the 2012 NCAA Regionals, has the No. 1 seed won the event.
Sam Houston and Texas State hold the most tournament totals in league history with four apiece.
The Bearkats won in 1996 in Shreveport, La., 2007 in Natchitoches, La., 2008 in Huntsville and 2009 in Corpus Christi. Sam Houston was seeded fourth in 1996, 2007 and 2008 and seventh in 2009 (to become the lowest seed ever to win the event).
Texas State won the tournament on their home field last year. Sam Houston defeated Southeastern Louisiana 12-0 in the first round to extent the Bearkats’ league record tournament win streak to 13 but fell to Nicholls 4-1 and Texas State 13-2 in the next two rounds.
Sam Houston took two of three games from A&M-Corpus Christi in the Bearkats league series with the Islanders April 27-29 in Huntsville. The Bearkats lost the series opener 5-2 but bounced back for 8-7 and 6-3 wins.
Wednesday’s first round pairings:
Wednesday, May 23
Game One: No. 5 McNeese State vs. No. 4 UT Arlington, 9 a.m.
Game Two: No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 1 Sam Houston State, Noon
Game Three: No. 6 Stephen F. Austin vs. No. 3 Texas State, 4 p.m.
Game Four: No. 7 Central Arkansas vs. No. 2 Southeastern Louisiana, 7 p.m.