Buffalo, a team that does not fill out all of their scholarships, leans heavily on JUCO transfers. One such transfer who really worked out for Buffalo has been Bobby Sheppard. The Illinois native has been a bright spot for the Bulls these past two seasons.
Bobby Sheppard grew up in Oak Forest, Illinois and was a two-year team captain at Oak Forest High School. Sheppard helped lead his team to three straight conference titles and, in his senior year, he led his team to a second-place finish at the Illinois State Tournament.
After high school, Sheppard played shortstop for two seasons at Prairie State Junior College. He was named first team All-Conference and All-Region as a freshman and the conference player of the year as a sophomore.
Sheppard made a huge difference during his first year in Buffalo. He played in 47 games, starting 46 of them at shortstop. He led the team with 32 RBI's and added 48 hits, 21 runs, and an on-base percentage of .341.
This season Shappard came on late, including a nine-game span in which the senior collected 15 hits two doubles and an RBI.
With five games left there is an outside chance that Sheppard who currently has 66 hits can get the four hits that he needs to jump into the Buffalo record books for single-season hits. Currently, James Kingsley sits at 9th all-time for his 70 hits in both 2004 and 2006.