The 2016-17 season was filled with highlights and headlines for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Awards were won, records were broken and five Southland Conference titles made their way back to Huntsville.
With the upcoming 2017-18 athletic season nearing its start, Bearkat Athletics will take a look back at the 2016-17 season throughout the summer months, highlighting the best of the past year.
Continue to keep tabs on GoBearkats.com and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.
Game Story: Donica Marvels, Kats move to 13-0 in Southland play (4/13)
HUNTSVILLE – When Sam Houston made history in 2016 winning both the Southland Conference regular season and tournament title while welcoming 19 freshmen and several other first-year players, many began setting their sights towards a historic 2017.
The Bearkats delivered. Sam Houston ran off 13-straight victories to open Southland Conference play, sweeping Lamar, A&M-Corpus Christi, Abilene Christian and Nicholls before capturing the opening game, 3-2 at Stephen F. Austin on April 13.
The victory marked the best start to a season in Sam Houston history and second-best in Southland Conference history, only to Lamar's 14-0 start in 1984. Dating to May 15, 2016, Sam Houston won 18 consecutive league games, the best in the history of the conference.
The win streak propelled Sam Houston to a No. 29 ranking per Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and saw several notables across the way. In the 13 wins, Sam Houston hit a whopping .359 while averaging 9.92 runs per game. On the mound, the staff posted a 3.23 ERA while limiting opponents to a .255 average.
With home series wins against the Cardinals, Islanders and Colonels, Sam Houston extended its dominance at Don Sanders Stadium. The Bearkats would go on to win every three-game Southland Conference home series for a third-straight year.
Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
No. 20 – Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth
No. 19 – Football Clinches Southland Conference Title
No. 18 – Baseball Starts 13-0 In Southland Play
No. 17 – June 26
No. 16 – June 28
No. 15 – June 30
No. 14 – July 3
No. 13 – July 5
No. 12 – July 7
No. 11 – July 10
No. 10 – July 12
No. 9 – July 14
No. 8 – July 17
No. 7 – July 19
No. 6 – July 21
No. 5 – July 24
No. 4 – July 26
No. 3 – July 28
No. 2 – July 31
No. 1 – Aug. 2