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Fall Report: Sam Houston State

Fall Report

Outside of more paperwork and other responsibilities, not much has changed from Sam Houston State coach Jay Sirianni.

Sirianni, the former Nebraska pitcher and long-time Bearkats assistant, got his calling to be the new head man in Huntsville this past summer when energetic head coach Matt Deggs departed the program to head to Louisiana in a move that certainly didn’t surprise anyone.

The Bearkats went on a national search for a new head coach and had some terrific options. But in the end, athletic director Bobby Williams felt Sirianni not only earned the head job, but also deserved it with the job he had done with the pitching staff over the past few seasons.

Sirianni is still getting accustomed to his new role. There are a few more speaking engagements than in the past and there are other responsibilities outside of just dealing with the pitching staff. But for the most part, it’s been business as usual, as the Bearkats looked strong last week in a convincing win over Rice.

“Not much has changed really. Obviously, I’m not just handling the pitching staff anymore. There’s more paperwork and things like that, but it’s not been too much,” Sirianni said. “I’ve been pleased with our fall so far.

“But with fall ball, you know how it goes,” he continued. “One day you think you can really pitch and can’t hit, and the next you think you can hit and can’t pitch. I feel like all our practices and scrimmages have been competitive, and I really like our approach right now. I want our team to stay patient and make sure we’re able to handle everything. From an offensive standpoint, I’m not sure what kind of power we’re going to have now, but I do like plenty of our pieces.”

SHSU star outfielder Colton Cowser looked the part against Rice last week, hitting several balls hard, while also showing a sweet swing and consistent approach. Some young sluggers also stood out, while on the mound, the Bearkats showed off some impressive arms and depth that should make them one of the Southland Conference favorites in 2020.

What’s the full scoop on the Bearkats this fall? Let’s take a deep dive:

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