Kats to open Shriners Classic on Friday

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HOUSTON – Games 9-11
Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4 • Houston • Minute Maid Park (41,168)
Sam Houston State (6-1, 0-0 SLC) vs. No. 12 Vanderbilt (9-1, 0-0 SEC)
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Sam Houston State (6-1, 0-0 SLC) vs. No. 7 Kentucky (8-1, 0-0 SEC)
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Sam Houston State (6-1, 0-0 SLC) vs. No. 12 Mississippi State (3-4, 0-0 SEC)
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The Sam Houston State Bearkats will get a prime opportunity to test their mettle this weekend when they hit the big stage at Minute Maid Park for three games against SEC opponents starting Friday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic.

The Kats, who have won six of their first eight games to open the season, will kick off the Classic at noon Friday when they take on No. 12 Vanderbilt. They will then battle No. 7 Kentucky on Saturday before squaring off with No. 21 Mississippi State on Sunday in the finale.

All games will be aired live on AT&T SportsNet or AT&T SportsNet alternate, in addition to being streamed live on Astros.com and MLB.tv. To find out if AT&T SportsNet is available in your area, click HERE.

Fans can also follow along via live stats on Statbroadcast or by following @BearkatsBSB on Twitter. Tickets are available at GoBearkats.com or at the Minute Maid Park box office.

Sam Houston had its six-game win streak snapped on Wednesday after a late rally by Wright State, but the Bearkats still go into Houston riding its best start through eight games since 2014. As a team the Sam Houston offense has hit .311 and averaged nearly seven runs per game.

Hunter Hearn continued his torrid start to 2018 on Wednesday, homering and doubling while driving in a pair. He will carry a .424 average with 11 RBI and six extra-base hits into Minute Maid Park while five other Bearkat regulars sport averages above .300.

The Bearkat pitching staff has put together a 3.50 ERA, but will be tested against a trio of teams ranked among the nation’s best. Both the Commodores and Wildcats have tallied only one loss to their ledger in the season’s opening weeks with all games coming at home, while the Bulldogs are still ranked in multiple polls despite getting off to just a 3-5 start.