Anthony Azar, Corey Toups and Hayden Simerly of Sam Houston State all were voted to the NCAA Fort Worth Regional all-tournament team after outstanding performances during the weekend.
The trio led the Bearkats to their third NCAA regional finals as SHSU defeated No. 2 seed Dallas Baptist 2-1 in the opening game and No. 4 seed Siena 9-2 in Sunday’s elimination contest.
Sam Houston lost 3-2 to TCU in the longest game in Bearkat baseball history, a 22-inning affair that lasted nearly seven hours and finished at 2:30 in the morning. The contest ranks as the second-longest game in NCAA playoff history.
Azar, senior catcher from The Woodlands, blasted a two-run double in the Siena victory and went 2-for-5 in the win over Dallas Baptist.
Toups, sophomore shortstop from The Woodlands College Park, led Sam Houston at the plate during the tournament, going 7-for-15 with a .467 batting average. Toups hit in each of the four games and collected multiple hits three times.
Simerly, a junior designated hitter from Round Rock Stony Point, totaled five hits in the tournament.
Sam Houston ended the 2014 season with a 43-18 record, the most victories by a Bearkat squad since the 1987 team went 44-18-1.
The Bearkats earned their third consecutive Southland Conference regular season championship and NCAA playoffs trip.
The 2014 NCAA Fort Worth Regional All-Tournament Team:
C — Anthony Azar, Sam Houston State
1B — Vincent Citro, Siena
2B — Garrett Crain, TCU
SS — Corey Toups, Sam Houston State
3B — Justin Esquerra, Siena
OF — Boomer White, TCU
OF — Dan Swain, Siena
OF — Austin Listi, Dallas Baptist
SP — Brandon Finnegan, TCU
SP — Matt Gage, Siena
RP — Trey Teakell, TCU
DH — Hayden Simerly, Sam Houston State
MVP — Boomer White, TCU