A pair of Sam Houston State pitchers were selected on Tuesday afternoon in the Major League Baseball Draft.

Brent Powers was selected in the 18th round by the Oakland Athletics and Matt Shelton was a 24th round pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

It is the first time the Bearkats have had two pitchers selected since 1998 when Greg Kubes (14th round) and Jonathan Harraid (27th) were both drafted.  

Powers, a senior out of Richardson, was 5-4 this past season while notching an ERA of 3.88. He was third on the team with 55 strikeouts and was one of three pitchers to toss a complete game for the Bearkats.  Powers made 15 appearances for the Kats in 2011, starting nine. Powers complete game came early in the season in a four-hit victory against Massachusetts.

In his four-year career, Powers amassed 237 2/3 innings on the hill while compiling a career record of 11-16. He had 219 strikeouts in his Bearkat career which places him fourth on the all-time list.

Powers made one NCAA Tournament start for the Bearkats, working 2 1/3 innings against Xavier in the 2009 Houston Regional, but did not factor in the decision. He had one other NCAA postseason appearance in 2008 against Texas.

Shelton, a senior from Mansfield, was a first-team All-Southland selection this year after compiling a 7-3 record and a 2.87 ERA. He had one complete game this season, coming in the postseason, a loss to Nicholls in the Southland Tournament.

Shelton was the 2009 Southland Tournament MVP, notching a pair of victories in relief against UTSA and Texas State in the championship game.  That season the sophomore had a breakout year, notching a 7-0 record and a 1.99 ERA, all out of the bullpen.

He made two NCAA Tournament appearances for the Bearkats working the final two innings of a 9-6 loss to Xavier, which eliminated the Kats from the Houston Regional in 2009. The season before, as a freshman, he worked one scoreless inning against Texas.

For his career, Shelton finished with a 20-8 career record.

The two picks mark the second consecutive season the Bearkats have had a pitcher drafted. Last season Dallas Gallant was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 23rd round.