HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston State baseball team received some off-season recognition this week when its signing class was recognized as one of the top in the nation by a pair of national college baseball publications. 

According to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper unveiled its top recruiting classes earlier this week with Sam Houston landing in the top 100, and ranked as the top class among Southland Conference schools. Additionally, Baseball America insider Ted Cahill ranked the Kats’ class among his 12 under-the-radar classes in a group that included teams such as Dallas Baptist, Southern Miss, Stetson and Wichita State.

The class encompasses the 10-member freshman class which Sam Houston brought in for the upcoming 2019 season which includes four pitchers and six position players and two who were selected in last year’s MLB Draft.

RHP Will Duncan (Richardson HS) was a 29th-round selection by the San Diego Padres last year while LHP Matt Dillard (St. Pius X HS) was a 31st-round choice by the Milwaukee Brewers, headlining the all-Texas class.

Others included in the class for 2019 are:

- IF Jackson Loftin (Klein Collins HS
- IF Diego Davila (Klein Collins HS)
- IF Luke Repka (The Woodlands HS)
- OF Colton Cowser (Cy Ranch HS)
- OF Kollin McCartney (Lindale HS)
- LHP Steven Beard (The Woodlands HS)
- IF Zach Poe (Madisonville HS)
- RHP Patrick Kudelka (New Braunfels HS)

Fans will be able to get their first look at the Bearkats coming up soon when they travel to Texas A&M on Oct. 5 for a fall game against the Aggies at Blue Bell Park. They will then host Rice on Oct. 19 at Don Sanders Stadium in a second fall contest. Both games are scheduled for a 6 p.m. first pitch.