Austin spent the spring of 2017 playing his sophomore season at Oakland, an NCAA D-I school located in Rochester, MI and currently a member of the Horizon League. The 5-11, 165 pound left-hander had a successful collegiate debut season in 2016 as a freshman for the Golden Grizzlies, appearing in 11 games, all in relief, and posting a 3.00 earned run average. Opposing hitters only notched a .242 batting average versus Sherry, who stuck out 12 hitters versus only three walks in 9.0 innings of work.
The Westerville, OH resident was a coveted recruit for Oakland as he came out of high school ranked 102nd among the massive field of baseball recruits in the large state of Ohio. He was a two-year letter winner in baseball at Westerville Central High School, was first team All-District his junior season, and also an honor roll student all four years of high school.
His college signing was announced by Oakland University on November 25, 2014 and at the time of the announcement, his college coach John Musachio offered the following comments about Sherry: “A crafty left-handed pitcher who changes angles and speeds as well as any high school pitcher I have seen in a long time. Low-80’s fastball that gets on hitters due to his deception. He has a very good feel for his breaking pitches and change up. Pitches with an edge.”