Southern Miss pitching rotation cemented: Gabe Shepard gets nod as Friday starter

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First pitch of the Southern Miss baseball season is less than 48 hours away and we now know who is gonna throw it as the game one Friday night starter against Murray State.

The nod goes to sophomore standout Gabe Shepard who sets the table in front of Walker Powell on Saturday and Chandler Best on Sunday.

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Shepard threw just 30 and two third innings as a freshman, but was still fourth on the team in strikeouts and has an electric five pitch mix from the right side of the mound.

His coming out party was the Saturday morning game against Rice in last year’s Conference USA Tournament where he threw seven-and-a-third no hit innings to go along with 12 punch-outs.

Head Coach Scott Berry is already calling for an encore. “I’ll tell you, that was as good a finish as I’ve ever seen out of anybody. And he’s a freshman. Gabe is a competitor. Highly, highly confident. Very focused young man. And he’s all about winning and winning each pitch, so it’ll be fun to go out there and watch him again.”

Shepard said, “No, I didn’t surprise myself. I felt like it’s always been there since high school but a lot of people didn’t know, and so I just tried to go out there and make a name for myself and I guess I did but I ain’t really worried about it. I’m just going to go out there and do me.”

Shepard and the Golden Eagles will lead off their brand new 2020 campaign starting at 4 p.m. Friday at Pete Taylor Park.