Will likely be one of WVU’s top hitters in 2011 … takes over at shortstop with the departure of All-American Jedd Gyorko … preseason all-BIG EAST infielder … consistently puts the bat on the ball and hits for a solid average … has worked hard to become an exceptional ballplayer after redshirting his first season … provides team leadership … tied for eighth in school history with 44 career doubles … played for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League.
At West Virginia in 2010: Batted .363 with eight home runs, 50 RBIs, 17 doubles and 37 runs scored … 73 base hits … .567 slugging percentage … drew 21 walks … impressive .452 on-base percentage … led WVU with 15 hit-by-pitches … 24 multiple-hit games … 12 multiple-RBI games … struck out just once every 9.1 plate appearances … finished third or higher on the team in batting average, on-base percentage, base hits, RBIs, home runs, total bases (114) and walks … batted .412 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 25 conference games … held an 18-game hitting streak from April 17-May 16 … had multiple-hit efforts in two of WVU’s three games at the competitive Caravelle Resort Tournament that include nationally ranked Coastal Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Tech … hit a towering two-run home run against the Hokies on Feb. 21 … began the season with at least one base hit in five consecutive games … finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in an 18-14 slugfest win against Purdue in St. Petersburg, Fla. …recorded three hits, three RBIs, two stolen bases and a hit-by-pitch in an 11-8 win versus Illinois at the Keith LeClair Classic hosted by East Carolina … 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI in WVU’s 14-4 win over Manhattan … produced three hits in the following game against Niagara … his first-inning single in game one of a doubleheader against the Purple Eagles on March 16 was his 100th career base hit … 3-for-5 with one double and two RBIs against Eastern Michigan on March 21 … two-run home run at Seton Hall on March 27 propelled WVU to its first conference win of the season ... 2-for-3 with an RBI to help WVU complete series victory over the Pirates …finished 5-for-12 with one home run, two doubles, one RBI and two walks in WVU’s three-game series against Louisville …four consecutive two-hit games from April 17 against Louisville to April 23 versus Pitt … two doubles against Pitt on April 25 … three hits against Duquesne in a 16-6 win on April 27 …went 5-for-12 with one home run and four RBIs in a three-game set at Cincinnati on April 30-May 1 … set the WVU single-game RBI record when he drove in 10 runs in a 22-6 win over Notre Dame in game one of a doubleheader on May 8 … also became the fifth Mountaineer to hit at least three home runs in one game in the same contest …finished 8-for-12 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and seven runs scored in WVU’s series sweep over the Irish … won several national awards for his performance … one of eight Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week … Pro-Line Athletic National Hitter of the Week by NCBWA … CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Player of the Week … College Baseball Foundation National All-Star Lineup … BIG EAST Player of the Week … recorded a double in 6-5 win over Bethune-Cookman on May 12 … 2-for-5 with an RBI and a double at Georgetown on May 14 … two hits and an RBI in 6-5 rubber-game win over Georgetown on May 16 … 3-for-4 with a season-high three doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored versus Villanova in a 9-7 comeback victory on May 21 … 3-for-4 against Louisville on May 26 in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship.
At West Virginia in 2009: Batted .325 with five home runs and 45 RBIs … finished second on the team and tied for third in the BIG EAST with 21 doubles … was fifth in the conference with 10 sacrifice bunts … tallied 65 hits, 42 runs scored and 23 walks … slugged at a .515 clip … started all 55 games in right field … committed only two errors … one of seven Mountaineers to record at least 100 total bases with 103 … struck out only 19 times, or once in every 12 plate appearances … went 6-for-14 with three doubles against Pitt ... had four hits with two RBIs, two doubles and a triple in a 13-1 series-open¬ing win over Rutgers on May 1 … hit a three-run home run against Maryland on April 29 … went 2-for-4 with one home run and three RBIs against St. John’s in a 16-2 rubber-game win on April 11 … had first multi-home run game against Georgetown on April 5 … had five RBIs, including a grand slam, in the same contest … finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs against New Jersey Tech in game two on March 7 … had two hits against Coastal Carolina … went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in an 11-6 win over Tennessee on Feb. 27 … had two hits, four RBIs and one double in season-opening victory over NCAA postseason participant Indiana at the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge.
At West Virginia in 2008: Tallied eight doubles, 38 RBIs and 40 hits in 93 at-bats as a redshirt freshman ... had a .290 batting average ... six doubles in only 24 games played ... went 2-for-4 with three RBIs against Akron on Feb. 23 in an 11-3 victory ... recorded a double in both games of a doubleheader against Maryland Eastern Shore on April 1 ... led team with two hits in 5-4 victory against Louisville on May 11 ... went 2-for-2 with an RBI in game one of a doubleheader against Cincinnati on May 16 ... started 15 games.
At West Virginia in 2007: Redshirted.
Prep: Attended Herbert Hoover High ... second team all-state honors in 2004 ... first team all-state selection in 2005-06 ... three-time all-Kanawha Valley ... three-time all-Cardinal Conference ... Gatorade Player of the Year ... .439 batting average in senior year ... amassed 24 home runs and 132 RBIs as a three-year varsity player … father, Kevin Buckner, was his high school coach ... a two-time all-conference honoree ... also lettered in basketball ... 15 points per game his junior year and 20 points per game in senior year as an all-conference basketball player ... all-conference football player.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Cindy Buckner ... birthday is March 21 ... majoring in multidisciplinary studies ... Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star.