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 have 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!