On Shepherd: Nicknamed “Bang” for the way the ball jumps off her bat…had an outstanding rookie season both offensively and defensively…has terrific line drive power to all fields…always works hard on improving her game…expected to become an all-conference shortstop in the near future after making the all-rookie team in 2005…will likely hit second or third in the lineup…expected to be one of the best players in the America East and the Mid-Atlantic region.
2005: Started all 58 games as a freshman, hitting .318 with 63 hits in 198 at-bats to earn America East all-rookie team honors… Her 63 hits ranked second on the team and her .318 batting average ranked fourth… Became just the third Retriever freshman ever to amass 60 or more hits in her rookie season… Her 63 hits also rank ninth all-time on UMBC’s single-season hits list, and her 198 at-bats ties for eighth-most in a season with teammate Kali Shirk… Posted 35 RBI and scored 35 runs, ranking second on the Retrievers in both categories… Her 12 doubles and 92 total bases were also second on the team… Also knocked one triple and five home runs for a .465 slugging percentage, fourth-best on the squad… Her five home runs are most ever by a shortstop in school history… Was 11-for-14 in stolen base attempts... Totaled 19 multi-hit games and 11 multi-RBI games… Ranked among the conference leaders in most offensive categories, including second in hits and doubles; fifth in runs scored; RBI and total bases and eighth in steals… Earned America East Co-Rookie of the Week honors for the week ending May 1 after totaling six RBI and six runs scored and hitting .476 (10-for-21) with a .714 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage in six games… Was named to the Third Annual UMBC Softball Spring Classic all-tournament team after going 5-for-14 with six RBI.
Background: Was a first-team all-county selection during her final two years at
Year AVG GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB SO OB% SB-ATT E FLD% 2005 .318 58-58 198 35 63 12 1 5 35 92 .465 9 27 .354 11-14 21 .903