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    Nov. 29, 2011

    UICFlames.com's Claire Donyanvard recently sat down with Flames freshman infielder Bobby Sheppard (Oak Forest, Ill./ Oak Forest) and asked him about the transition to college baseball and goals for the upcoming season.

    UICFlames.com: Why did you choose UIC?

    BS: I really enjoyed my visit. I got the opportunity to spend time with some of the players and I felt like I got along with the team right away. Also, the campus and the facilities impressed me immediately.

    UICFlames.com: How did you initially hear about the UIC baseball program?

    BS: I heard about UIC before my recruiting process because I knew that was where Curtis Granderson played. I consistently followed the program through stats and always knew they were a top team in this area and in their conference.

    UICFlames.com: Did the transition from high school to collegiate level force you to make any adjustments this fall?

    BS: The atmosphere here is more competitive compared to where I played previously. High school was more about how you did individually, and here it's about the team. All of us want each other to succeed and creating competition within the team helps us improve every part of our game. Everyone is rooting for each other, but at the same time we all know it's time to step up.

    UICFlames.com: What has your off season training consisted of so far?

    BS: We lift three days a week and condition two days a week. The lifting and conditioning is intense, but I know it will pay off when it's time to start playing.

    UICFlames.com: What are some personal goals you have for the upcoming 2012 season?

    BS: One of my top goals this year is to earn a starting position. As a team, one of our main goals is to make it to the NCAA tournament.