The Sam Houston State Bearkats baseball team represents Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, in the United States. The squad is a member of the Southland Conference, a National Collegiate Sports Association Division I athletic conference (NCAA). Their home venue is Bearkat Ballpark.
They are led by head coach Steve Baughman, who has been with the team since 1992. Before that, he served as an assistant for three years and then became the full-time head coach in 1989. Under his guidance, the team has achieved success at both the school and regional level. In addition to competing in college baseball, the Bearkats also play in the American Baseball Confederation (ABC) World Series which is held each year in Puerto Rico. They have won two titles - in 1994 and 1995 - and have reached the finals on eight other occasions but have never won it all.
Houston's only professional sports team is the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. However, before this arrangement, from 1936 to 1970, Sam Houston State competed in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference which included teams such as Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Texas Christian University, and Texas Southern University. During this period, the Bearkats were members of the NCAA's Division II level until they moved up to Division I in 1982.
Sam Houston State's athletic teams compete in the Southland Conference's NCAA Division I (Championship Subdivision for football). The school's sports facilities are known as Bearkat Stadium. The university is located in Huntsville, Texas, about 50 miles west of Houston.
They first played intercollegiate basketball in 1896 under the name "Houston Academy". The only coach was a former player named John McClendon who led the team to an undefeated season. After that year, the university dropped its athletic program until it was revived in 1950. Since then, SHSU has grown into a major force in college sports with 19 championships across several sports.
They first fielded a football team in 1911 and have been playing ever since. From 1947 to '49, the football team went 36-3-1. They have won more than 100 games over the past five seasons alone. In 2014, they made it to the championship game of the College Football Playoff before losing to Oregon State. As well as competing in baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, and track and field. The Bearkats also have a strong presence in other sports such as soccer and softball.
|Sam Houston State Bearkats football|
|Stadium||Bowers Stadium (capacity: 12,593)|
|Field surface||Real Grass Pro Artificial Surface|
|NCAA division||Division I FCS|
During the 2021 NCAA Division I baseball season, the Kansas State Wildcats represent Kansas State University. As a member of the Big 12 Conference, the Wildcats play their home games at Tointon Family Stadium. The team is led by head coach John Cohen, who has been with the program since 2015 after spending four seasons as an assistant under Clint Hurdle at the University of Florida.
They are the only team in the country to win 100 games during the regular season and claim a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. K-State reached its centuryth victory on May 30, when they defeated Oklahoma City 2-1 at Tointon Family Stadium. The game was played in front of a crowd of 9,823, the third largest attendance for a one-game postseason event behind only the College World Series and MLB's National League Championship Series.
K-State finished the year with a record of 100-28-1. They were ranked No. 1 in both the Baseball America and USA Today Coaches' Polls at the end of the season. This is their first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2008. They lost to Florida State 3-0 in the Super Regionals.
The Wildcats have made 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, most recently in 2016 when they fell to Miami (FL) in the Super Regional round.
Sam Houston State won the FCS national title in spectacular fashion on Sunday, converting multiple fourth downs en route to a game-winning touchdown throw from Eric Schmid to Ife Adeyi to cap the 23-21 victory over No. 1 seed South Dakota State. The Bearkats became the first team outside of Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) schools to win the championship.
Houston, who defeated Eastern Washington 28-27 in the inaugural FBS playoff semifinal last week, will face North Texas in the inaugural FBS title game on December 15 in Houston.
The championship is the third for Sam Houston State, which also won titles in 1913 and 1914. This is also the second FCS title for Houston, whose other one came in 2013 when they were still known as the University of Houston.
South Dakota State had a 21-7 lead with 7:49 left in the fourth quarter before Sam Houston State scored its first touchdown of the night on a 4-yard run by Ja'Deveon Murray and then another TD march that ended with Adeyi's score.
The victory was also declared official after the referee raised Houston's trophy in celebration.
Eric Schmid finished 26 of 38 for 394 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions while Adeyi had nine catches for 153 yards and two scores.