Hit .298 in his second season as an Islander, appearing in 53 games and starting 41 … hit eight doubles, four triples and one home run … drove in 18 and scored 29 runs … was 6-for-9 on the basepaths … earned All-Southland Tournament honors after going 5-for-18 with a home run … went 2-for-3 with two RBI against Oregon State (2/26) … drove in two and stole two bases against HBU (3/1) … delivered two hits against Texas State (3/6) … went 4-for-4 at Texas Tech (3/13) … went 2-for-3 against Nicholls (3/19) … had a 3-for-4 day with three steals in the finale against the Colonels (3/20) … scored twice against UT-Brownsville (3/22) … had two hits against McNeese State (3/26) … went 2-for-3 with two runs in the opener with UTSA (4/1) … had two hits and scored twice against Stephen F. Austin (4/16) … delivered a two-run single at SELA (4/23) … went 2-for-3 in the opener with UT Arlington (5/6) … had two hits and scored twice in the opener with NW State (5/13) … went 2-for-5 against Lamar (5/26) in the Southland Tournament … delivered the game-winning walk-off home run in the SLC tourney against UTSA (5/27).
Started 39 of 49 games in his first season for the Islanders … had a .278 average with five home runs, third on team with 30 RBI and tied for team lead with four triples … third on team with 85 defensive assists … went 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs against Elon (2/27) … had a 2-for-3 day with a solo homer against Nicholls (3/19) … swiped a pair of bags in the Saturday game against the Colonels (3/20) … delivered three hits in six at-bats against Texas-Pan American (3/30) … hit a grand slam against UTSA (4/3) … went 2-for-3 against Stephen F. Austin (4/18) with a homer … played summer ball with the San Luis Obispo Rattlers of the California Collegiate League for the second straight summer and was named to the all-star team.
Navarro Junior College:
Played for head coach Whoa Dill for one season … averaged .320 with 27 runs batted in his one season … helped team to a 42-14 record and third-place finish in Region XIV … spent the summer of 2009 playing in the for the San Luis Obispo Rattlers in the California Collegiate League.
University of Texas:
Spent one season on the roster at the University of Texas … was redshirted … played summer of 2008 for the Anchorage Bucs of the Alaskan League.
Competed in baseball at Boise High School for Coach Jeff Hultberg … helped lead Braves to top three finishes in the state as a junior and senior … had tremendous senior season hitting .480 with five home runs and 20 stolen bases … was named a first-team All-American by Playstation, second-team All-American and all-region by Rawlings, and all-state … selected to the Perfect Game Top 50 Prospects of 2007 … Chosen to play for Washington Nationals area code team.
Bobby Buckner was born Nov. 16, 1988, in Boston, Mass. … son of Bill and Jody Buckner … has two older siblings, Brittany and Christian … father had 20-plus year Major League career, pounding out 2,715 hits and winning National League batting title in 1980 … majoring in finance.