Just three days after his collegiate career ended, SHSU senior pitcher Justin Jackson will get an opportunity to pitch on the professional level. On Wednesday, Jackson was selected in the 27th round by the Miami Marlins.

Jackson, from Magnolia, finished the season 9-4, including a victory in the NCAA Tournament this past Saturday to keep the Kats alive in the postseason.He was the 827th overall player selected.

He led the team in wins and was second on the club with a 2.69 ERA. He struck out 65 batters this season and tossed a pair of complete games.

He finished his career with a record of 15-6 and notched 152 strikeouts and a 3.95 ERA. His strikeout mark is 17th best in school history. This past season Jackson was name an All-Southland honorable mention selection.

Jackson is the 41st Bearkat selected in the Major League Baseball draft. It is the seventh straight season the Bearkats have had at least one players selected.