Chris Andreas became the third Bearkat selected in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft when he was taken in the 39th round by the Seattle Mariners on the final day of the draft.
Andreas is a two-time first-team All-Southland Conference selection after transferring to Sam Houston State from Angelina Junior College.
Andreas finished his two-year career as one of the top hitters in school history. He batted .345 which is 16th best in school history and seventh best since moving up to the NCAA level.
He hit 12 homeruns this season to lead the Kats and rank second in the Southland Conference. This past year he also led the Bearkats in average (.332), doubles (18), RBIs (54), slugging (.592) and on base percentage (.427).
He hit a pair of grand slams this season, making him one of three Kats with multiple grand slams in a career and only Andreas and Tyler Knight (2009) did it in the same season. He also had multiple homers in a game twice this season, hitting two against Nebraska and Texas A&M.
In 2010 he finished the season with a 26-game hitting streak, the third longest in Sam Houston State history and the sixth longest in the Southland record book. He is in a log jam at third all-time for most RBIs in a game twice driving in six.
For his career, he finished with 19 homers, 95 RBI, 71 runs, 33 doubles and 153 hits.
In addition to the two Southland Conference first-team selections, Andreas was also named to the 2011 Southland Conference All-Tournament team.
Brent Powers and Matt Shelton were both drafted on Tuesday, with Powers going to Oakland and Shelton to Seattle. It is the first time the Kats have had three players selected in the same draft since 1985. Andreas is also the eighth player under Mark Johnson to be selected in the draft, and it is the sixth consecutive season at least one SHSU player was picked. In all, 41 Bearkats have been selected in the Major League Baseball draft.
It was also a banner year for the Southland Conference with 25 total players taken in the draft this year, tying the mark set in 1995 for most picks from league members.