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Sam Houston State freshman Colton Cowser, right, receives congratulations from head coach Matt Deggs after blasting a go-ahead, two-run home run during the Bearkats' 11-10 victory over Nebraska earlier this season.

It’s been a roller coaster season for the Sam Houston State Bearkats in 2019.

After starting out 22-11 and beginning Southland Conference play with 14 wins in their first 18 league games, the Kats took a bit of a tumble. They’ve won just seven of their 18 games since.

However, with the final series of the regular season approaching — a three-game home set with Northwestern State that is scheduled to begin today at 6:30 p.m. — Sam Houston State still controls its own destiny. With a series victory, the first-place Bearkats will clinch their second straight regular-season conference title.

“This is what it’s all about,” said senior first baseman Hunter Hearn after Sam Houston State swept second-place Southeastern Louisiana in a doubleheader on Sunday to reclaim a one-game lead in the league standings.

“This is the best time of the year. We just got done with school, so we literally have no worries except to play baseball. If you’re a baseball player, I don’t know what more you could ask for. ... I’m looking forward to it, and I think it’s going to be fun.”

Sam Houston State built momentum with last weekend’s series victory over Southeastern Louisiana, who briefly took a one-game lead atop the conference last Friday before the Bearkats’ bounce-back performance on Sunday. However, the Kats are looking to rebound after being swept in a nonconference doubleheader at Arizona on Monday by a combined 21 runs.

Junior Hayden Wesneski will start for the Kats in tonight's series opener.