Baseball: Buckner Receives Two Honors

  • May 10, 2010 04:43 PM
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By Steve Stone for MSNsportsNET.com
May 10, 2010

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University baseball player Grant Buckner has been named both the BIG EAST Player of the Week and one of eight Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week for his performance in WVU’s three-game sweep of Notre Dame on May 8-9.

Buckner, an Elkview native, finished 8-for-12 with four home runs, 14 RBIs, seven runs scored, one double and 21 total bases as the Mountaineers outscored the Irish, 38-14, at Hawley Field last weekend.

  Grant Buckner's 10-RBI performance has earned him some national praise.
Photo by WVU Photography

Buckner’s most notable performance came in game one of last Saturday’s doubleheader, as he drove in 10 runs to break the single-game school record of nine RBIs held by former players Vince Belnome, Bill Biddle and Angelo Onder. He also became the fifth Mountaineer to hit three home runs in one game, capping his record-breaking effort with a grand slam in WVU’s 22-6 rout over the Fighting Irish.

Buckner currently holds a 14-game hitting streak that began on April 17 against Louisville. During his streak, he is batting .475 with six home runs, 22 RBIs, eight doubles and 16 runs scored. He has also been walked five times, hit by a pitch five times, and has slugged at a .915 clip while showing a .551 on-base percentage.

The redshirt junior is now batting .364 with eight home runs, 43 RBIs, 12 doubles and 30 runs scored. The BIG EAST honor is his first career conference player of the week award and his second appearance on the BIG EAST weekly honors list, as he was named to the conference honor roll on March 2, 2009.

Buckner is the first Mountaineer to be named BIG EAST Player of the Week since former player Austin Markel earned the conference honor on April 13, 2009. He is the second Mountaineer to earn a national accolade this season, as junior Jedd Gyorko was also recognized by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper as well as the College Baseball Foundation for his performance during the week of April 5.

The third baseman is the fifth Mountaineer since 2002 to be named one of Louisville Slugger’s National Players of the Week.