On Buffone: Classic utility guy ... can play any position on the diamond, and play it well ... will see time in many different roles throughout the season ... has been a solid player for the Terps the past three years.
As a Junior (2003): Only player on the team to start all 53 games of the season ... led the Terps with 21 multi-hit games ... had a team-high five-game winning RBI ... started at six different positions - catcher, first base, third base, second base, left field, right field - earning the nickname "Mini-Jim Leyritz" for his versatility ... went 13-for-35 (.371) in an eight-game hit streak from April 20 through the last game of the season against Duke in the ACC tournament ... moved into sixth in all-time at Maryland for doubles with a two-bagger on May 14 vs. William and Mary ... scored the game-tying run and had the game-winning RBI vs. Penn State (April 15) ... had a career-high four hits to go along with four runs batted in against New York Tech (April 5) ... put together a six-game hit streak from March 16 to March 25 against top opponents Wake Forest, James Madison and Georgia Tech ... collected three RBI vs. Binghamton (March 1).
As a Sophomore (2002): One of only two Terps to play in all 57 games, and was in the starting lineup for 56 contests ... had a team-high 229 atbats and finished third on the squad among regulars in hitting at .362 ... enjoyed a breakout offensive campaign in batting average (.362), slugging percentage (.533), runs (53), hits (83), at bats (229), RBI (43), doubles (20), triples (2), home runs (5) and walks (18) ... got off to a strong start, going 3-for-4 and scoring once on opening day vs. James Madison (Feb. 15) ... doubled twice and scored twice en route to a 3-for-5 showing at College of Charleston (Feb. 23) ... went 3-for-6 including two doubles and a triple in the nightcap of a doubleheader vs. Pace (March 1) ... connected on first career homer at Shipley Field and finished game with career and team season high six RBI vs. Vermont (March 8) ... had productive offensive day, going 3-for-4 including a double, two runs, three RBI and a stolen base in a win over UMBC (March 21) ... against top-ranked Clemson, finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI (March 29) ... had a monster day at the plate, slugging a pair of home runs, including a walk-off shot, while driving in three and scoring three in an upset victory over nationally-ranked Georgia Tech (April 13) ... in a two-game span from April 17-19, went 6-for-8 with two runs and a double ... had three RBI including the gamewinner during a 3-for-5 performance vs. NC State (May 3)... named to 2002 Verizon Academic All-America Team's District II Second Team.
As a Freshman (2001): Gained valuable experience as a freshman as he played in 47 games, including 40 starts ... hit .244 for the season with a .259 mark in ACC play ... owned one of the team's best averages vs. left-handed pitchers at .364 ... was a clutch performer as evidenced by his .340 batting average with runners in scoring position ... sixth on the club with 12 multi-hit games ... tallied his first career hit with a double at Elon (Feb. 11) ... went 0-for- 2 with a run scored vs. West Virginia at The Citadel Invitational (Feb. 18) ... recorded his first multi-hit game vs. Georgetown (March 7) by going 2-for-2 with a run scored ... 1-for-5 with a two-run double vs. Coppin State (March 14) ... 2-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI vs. Clemson (March 17) ... 2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI at Georgia Tech (March 25) ... scored twice and went 2-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base in a 11-9 victory over George Washington (March 28) ... 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk at Duke (March 30) ... had two hits and scored two runs vs. UMBC (April 3) ... performed well against North Carolina with his .364 average to help lead the Terps to the series win ... drilled a career-high three hits and went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI at NC State (April 15) ... 2-for-5 with a run scored at Virginia (April 21) ... had two hits to go along with a run scored and a RBI vs. James Madison (April 25) ... 1-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI in the Terps' upset win over nationallyranked Wake Forest (April 28) ... had two hits in four at-bats in the series finale vs. the Demon Deacons (April 29) ... had two doubles and two RBIs in three games vs. Florida State (May 4-6) ... named to the ACC Honor Roll and the Maryland Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
At Christian Brothers Academy: Honorable mention All-American USA Today selection his senior season ... first team all-conference, all-shore, and all-state during his junior and senior campaigns at Christian Brothers ... lettered all four years in baseball ... set 13 school records during his career including hits, home runs and RBI ... coached by Marty Kenney. Personal: Born Aug. 9, 1982 ... son of Darlene and Ralph Buffone ... business and finance major.
Buffone's Career Batting Statistics
Year Avg GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg BB SO SB
Buffone's Career ACC Batting Statistics
Year Avg GP/GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Slg BB SO SB
Buffone's Career Highs
Hits: 4 vs. New York Tech (4/5/03)