Saturday afternoon, Caleb Smith became the second Sam Houston pitcher selected in the Major League Baseball draft, when the New York Yankees selected Smith in the 14th round.
Smith finished this past season with a 7-5 record and a 3.44 ERA in 89 innings of work while striking out 68 batters.
The junior from Huntsville, stands at No. 5 all time in career strikeouts with 204. That total is the most in a three-year career.
His best game this past season came when the Bearkats needed it most. On the second to last weekend of the season, Smith went the distance against Southeastern Louisiana, striking out three and allowing three hits in a shut out of the Lions.
In 2012 he was a second-team all-Southland selection as a sophomore.
As a freshman in 2011, Smith fanned 13 batters against Lamar, which is tied for second-most in a game and tops against a Division I. His 82 strikeouts in 2012 is the ninth-best singles season total and fourth-best at the DI level.
Smith joins fellow Bearkat Cody Dickson, who was a fourth round pick on Friday by the Pittsburg Pirates. He is the 19th Sam Houston player selected in the top 15 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft and 45th overall. Smith also the first Bearkat drafted by the Yankees.