Sam Houston State has played its way into the national rankings, debuting this week at No. 28 in the NCBWA poll this week.
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 Baseball America has them at No. 20. That Baseball America ties the highest ranking the Bearkats have ever received.The Kats won three consecutive games against 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.
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 No. 21 on April 30.