Baseball: Cam Shepherd, Tony Locey Among Nation’s Top 50 Sophomores

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Baseball: Cam Shepherd, Tony Locey Among Nation’s Top 50 Sophomores

Cam Shepherd makes the tag at 2nd base
Cam Shepherd makes the tag at 2nd base

UGA shortstop Cam Sheppard was recently listed among the nation’s top 50 sophomore prospects by Baseball America at number 21. His team, right-handed pitcher Tony Locey, came in at number 42.
2017 (Freshman):
Started all 57 games at shortstop as team went 25-32 and advanced to the SEC Tournament
*Earned an invitation to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team Training Camp
*Named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Freshman All-SEC by the league coaches
*Hit .307 with a team-leading 16 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBI overall plus hit .310-2-11 in SEC action
*Posted a team-high 74 hits and 21 multiple-hit games, longest hitting streak of the season was 11 games and ended the year with a five-game streak
*Tallied a .953 Fielding Percentage in 277 total chances and played error-free over the final 21 games of the season
*Named SEC Freshman oft the Week (April 3) after batting .526 (10-for-19) with three doubles, one triple and four RBI in helping squad claim road series over UT
*Batted .500 in SEC debut series at No. 6 LSU, hit .364-2-2 in Vanderbilt series and .462 in road series win over No. 30 USC
*Blasted an 8th-inning home run to defeat Vanderbilt 1-0 on April 22 as team had one hit up to that point, also turned key double play with leaping catch with runners at the corners and nobody out
*Collected seven assists in 7-5 road win over Ga. Tech on April 25 to clinch season series
*Recorded a six RBI game as part of a four-hit day versus Xavier on March 7
*Named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll

Tony Locey
Tony Locey

2017 (Freshman):
Appeared in 16 games with eight starts and eight relief appearances for a total of 42.1 innings as team went 25-32 and advanced to the SEC Tournament
*Posted a 2-4 record, 6.38 ERA with 37 strikeouts and 31 walks
*Earned first career win with a 7-0 combined shutout at Ga. Southern, going five innings with six strikeouts on Feb. 25
*Part of 2-0 combined shutout of UAB, going six scoreless with six strikeouts on March 4
*Losses came to College of Charleston, Rider, at No. 6 LSU and No. 30 South Carolina
*No decision in a start versus No. 16 Auburn on March 25, went 3.2 innings and allowed just one run but high pitch count
*Made first relief appearance in the Tennessee series in April, going 1.2 scoreless innings with four walks and two strikeouts
*Pitched one scoreless inning of relief at SunTrust Park versus Missouri on April 8 in front of a crowd of 33,025, the second largest in college baseball history
*Sharp in relief outing at No. 4 Kentucky on May 6, going three innings and allowing one run with four strikeouts
*No decision in a start with a pitch count versus Ga. Tech at SunTrust Park in front of a crowd of 23,737 on May 8, tossed four scoreless frames with four strikeouts

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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.