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Shepherd named PGCBL Pitcher of the Year

UK sophomore right-hander Chandler Shepherd enjoyed tremendous success in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League during the summer, earning 2012 PGCBL Pitcher of the Year honors.

A native of Louisa, Ky., Shepherd finished the year with a perfect 7-0 record and 1.31 ERA while just allowing eight earned runs in eight starts. Shepherd finished the year atop the PGCBL leaderboards in opposing batting avg. (.154), runs allowed (nine), and in a tie atop the leaderboard in wins and ERA.

Shepherd was the go-to man for the Amsterdam Mohawks, tossing 5.2 innings in a winning effort on short rest in the deciding game of the championship series, claiming Amsterdam’s fifth championship while recording a franchise-best 39 wins. Despite pitching on an inadequate amount of rest, Shepherd managed to rack up 10 strikeouts and record his second win of the playoffs.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound righty dominated in the summer following a strong freshman campaign. Shepherd appeared in 18 games, including nine starts, during the Wildcats’ historic 2012 season, posting a 3-1 record with a 3.83 ERA. He struck out 33 in 56.1 innings pitched while only allowing 24 earned runs and 16 walks. Shepherd shined in the NCAA Tournament with UK short on pitching after the 21-inning opener, tossing 10.2 innings in a two-day span, allowing just two runs in the effort.

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