MSU Baseball Signee Jacob Shempert Update

Mississippi State baseball signee Jacob Shempert is working hard on the field and in the classroom so he can be at Mississippi State this fall.

  • Name: Jacob Shempert
  • Classification: 2012
  • Position: Infielder/Outfielder/Catcher
  • Ht, Wt: 5-10, 185
  • Bats/Throws: L-R
  • High School: Oak Hill Academy (West Point, MS)
  • Signed With Mississippi State

    Jacob played at a new school this past baseball season, Oak Hill Academy in West Point, Mississippi. He talked about the new experience.

    "It went pretty well," said Jacob. "It was a good place to play baseball. It was fun."

    Individually, it was an adjustment, though. At his former high school, Houston High School in Mississippi, he had quite a few really good hitters hitting around him. At Oak Hill Academy he was the main guy in the lineup and opposing pitchers pitched to him very, very carefully.

    "I got intentionally walked 38 times," said Jacob. "I wound up with 46 walks total. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be (walking so much). I did what would help my team the most. When they intentionally walked me I did whatever I could to get to second or third so I would be in scoring position."

    When he wasn't walking, he was doing what he does best, which is hit. And how he hit!

    "(One of my goals) this year was to hit above .600 and I wound up hitting .604," said Jacob, who also had the goal to help his team as much as he possibly could.

    Another team he hopes to help in the future is Mississippi State, the team he signed with. He kept up with them as much as possible during his high school baseball season.

    "I follow (Commercial Dispatch newspaper sports reporter) Matthew Stevens and you on twitter, so I kept up with as many games as I could," said Jacob.

    He has been impressed with the Bulldogs' play so far this season.

    "I think they have done really well considering all the injuries that they have had this season," said the youngster.

    Now that his season is over, he's focusing on his academics and preparing for college ball.

    "I am just trying to do what I am told to do to get my grades where they need to be," said Jacob, who will take his ACT one more time. "I'm also playing for an American Legion team that my (long-time) hitting instructor put together for this summer, the Mississippi Dukes."

    When he gets to Mississippi State, he has one goal in mind, helping the team continue winning.

    "I want to go to Mississippi State, play wherever they put me, play my game and help them go as deep as they can (in post-season)," said Jacob, who keeps in steady contact with Mississippi State assistant coach Butch Thompson.

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