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 and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.

Game Story: Kats Clinch Tourney Berth With Win At HBU (5/6)

HOUSTON - The Bearkat softball team had positioned itself well to advance to the postseason with series wins over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Abilene Christian, but a sweep on the road to Southeastern Louisiana in the penultimate series of the season set up some drama going into the regular season's final weekend.

Three berths in the Southland Conference Tournament were already clinched entering the weekend, while six teams still found themselves alive for the final three spots in Conway, Ark., including the Bearkats' final opponent – Houston Baptist.

With its postseason fate in its own hands, the Kats went straight to work on the opening day of the series, sweeping a doubleheader from HBU and ending the Huskies' chances at extending their season in the process.

That set things up for the series finale with the Bearkats knowing a victory would clinch a ticket to Conway. Senior Hannah Marino provided all the offense Sam Houston would need that day, and Lindsey McLeod picked up her second win of the weekend in a 3-2 Bearkat victory.  

Marino capped a week that saw her win Southland Conference Hitter of the Week honors with three RBI while reaching base all three times she came to the plate, while McLeod retired all 12 hitters she faced in relief on her way to earning her second win of the series.  

Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
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Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth

No. 19 – June 21
No. 18 – June 23
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