Lightning Strikes Twice For SHSU Baseball

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  1. SHSU baseball beats Rice 3-26-13
  2. By Cheval John
    Reporter, Vallano Media

    Normally, a team from a mid-major conference like the Southland Conference (SLC), who didn't win the conference tournament would not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

    Sam Houston State became the first Southland team to receive an at-large bid into the NCAA's despite going 2-2 in the SLC tournament last year.

    Today, lightning struck twice as the Bearkats clinched one of the 30 at-large bids to the Baton Rouge Regional that's set to begin this Friday.

    The Bearkats had a monster season as they went 37-20 overall and had a (SLC) record of 20-7, which allowed them to claim their second consecutive regular season title and make their eighth appearance in the NCAA's.

    Last year, Sam Houston had an overall record of 40-22.

    Their SLC record of 24-9 allowed them to clinch their first regular season title since 1989.

    What helped the Bearkats was their strength of schedule, their RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) and the Southland's RPI rankings.

    These are the criteria that the selection committee use to decide who gets an at-large bid to the NCAA's.

    The strength of schedule shows how one program does against another program in non-conference action and compares the records each team that they face.

    The Bearkats went 6-3 against against the big schools in Texas (Rice 2-0, Baylor 1-1, Texas 1-0, Texas A&M 1-1, and Houston 1-1) that allowed their strength of schedule to be 85th in the country.

    The Southland's RPI was ranked 11th of the 31 Division I conferences and it increased Sam Houston's chances when they won their second consecutive regular season title with a 20-7 record.

    The most important factor that served as a benefit for the Bearkats was that their RPI of 48 was an improvement from last year's (49) when they became the first Southland team to receive an at-large bid that shocked commentators from the major networks.
      
    Another possibility that weighed in on the committee's decision was Sam Houston's performance in the Houston Regional.

    The Bearkats went 2-2 in the regional with a huge win against host Rice and lost to Arkansas, who went on to the College World Series. 

    With their second consecutive at-large, Sam Houston is looking to make another run towards the College World Series.

    Even if they fail, they have already proved to the collegiate baseball world that they are a force to be reckoned with. 




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