College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking Sam Houston State Baseball with Gene Schallenberg

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by Gene Schallenberg of the Huntsville Item to talk Sam Houston State baseball.

SHSU was another of those teams in 2018 that looked like a regional-quality team in just about every way, except in those all-important metrics that are used to determine at-large teams into the field of 64. With an RPI in the 50s and a record of just about .500 against RPI top 100 opponents, they simply didn’t quite do enough, even with an overall record of 39-20.

Heading into 2019, they’ll look to start another postseason appearance streak, and with a solid collection of talent back in the fold, particularly among starting pitching candidates, they seem poised to put themselves in that position.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • The Bearkats’ status as a regional-caliber club in 2018 that just simply didn’t have a regional-caliber resume
  • Any turning points in the season that might ┬áhave suggested an uphill battle for the team to get into the postseason
  • What made Andrew Fregia such a unique and versatile player
  • The 2018 squad exemplifying the “pack baseball” philosophy of head coach Matt Deggs
  • The chances the team is back in postseason contention in 2019
  • Returning players from 2018 that could be breakout stars during the 2019 season

Thanks for listening, everyone!

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.