|14 Jess Buenger
Natural leader of high character... Excellent hitter from either side of the plate who was slowed by an injury last season... Anxious to make a big contribution in senior campaign.
Wayne Graham said -- "Jess is a quality Division I player and we expect big things from him this spring, certainly with his bat in the lineup and possibly behind the plate."
At Rice -- 2008: Played in just 28 games with 15 starts after missing three weeks due to a taxing foot injury he suffered at Texas A&M on April 15... Made 13 starts at second base and two as the designated hitter... Batted second in the starting lineup seven times... Came off the bench to hit eight times when he returned to action, including seven as a substitute DH and two times at the College World Series... Hit for the DH in the Regional finale against Texas after the count was already 2-1... Drew a walk on two pitches and was lifted for a pinch-runner in his only Regional appearance... Knocked the ball to the base of the right field wall in a pinch hit against East Carolina in the second game of the C-USA Tournament... Came off the bench to deliver a pinch-hit single against Houston in his first appearance since the April 15 injury... Went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in the series-opener against UAB... Also had multi-hit games against Houston, Memphis and Creighton... Drew two or more walks in a game three different times... Batted .345 with a home run and a double in C-USA games (10-of-29)... Hit .310 with runners on base and .300 with men in scoring position... Made a season-high four defensive assists three different times... 2007: All-Silver Glove Series... Appeared in 65 of the team's 70 games... Made 55 starts for the No. 1 team in the country, including 34 at second base, one at third base and 20 as the designated hitter... Batted in every spot in the order except leadoff... Hit a steady .306 for the year and .307 against opponents that went on to play in the NCAA Tournament... Hit .286 (4-for-14) with four RBI, three runs, a pair of sacrifice flies and a walk in first trip to the College World Series... Hit .300 in the NCAA Regional, including 3-for-4 with a double and a run against TCU in the championship game... Hit .333 (7-for-21) at the C-USA Tournament and shared the team lead in runs scored (9)... Blasted two home runs, scored five times and drove in a career-high four runs in the C-USA Tournament's second semifinal game against Memphis to help send the Owls to the championship finale... The five runs scored was the most by an Owl in any game all year... Lifted the team in conference games, ranking among the C-USA's best in league-only RBI (20) and total bases (45)... Tied for third in C-USA doubles for league-only games (8)... Hit .342 with runners on base and .323 with two outs in the inning... Had 18 multi-hit games, including a career-high four in the finale against crosstown rival Houston... Longest hitting streak was nine games... Drove in two or more runs in a game 12 times... Second on the team in getting hit by a pitch (15)... Was hit by a pitch three times in the two Super Regional games against Texas A&M... Switch-hitter knocked five home runs batting from the left side and two from the right-side... Fielded at a .966 pace in conference games... Registered a season-high seven assists in a game three different times... Turned or started 37 of the Owls' 84 double plays... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Brazos Valley) in the summer of 2007.
Texas A&M -- Played in 29 games for Texas A&M in 2006... Made 17 starts... Batted .227 (15-for-66) with a double, triple and home run... Drove in four runs, scored six times and stole two bases... Served a redshirt season in his first year at the Division I level... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Graham) in the summer of 2006.
High School -- 2004 graduate of Bellville High School... Four-year starter and letterman for the Brahmas under coach David Cerny... Earned all-state as a sophomore pitcher and all-state at shortstop as a junior and senior... Hit .513 with five home runs... Three year letterman in football... Twice named District 20-3A MVP... All-state quarterback as a senior... Threw for 2,400 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior in 2003... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal -- Full Name: Jesse Blane Buenger. Born: Jan. 15, 1986 at Bellville. Parents: Bruce and Cheryl Buenger of Brenham (one brother,
Justin). Major: sports management. College: Jones.
Year Avg GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SLG% BB HBP SO GDP OB% SF SH SB ATT
2007 .306 65 55 216 44 66 12 1 7 47 101 .468 22 15 34 5 .404 2 1 2 2
2008 .258 28 15 62 8 16 2 0 1 8 21 .339 9 0 11 2 .352 0 0 1 1
Totals .295 93 70 278 52 82 14 1 8 55 122 .439 31 15 45 7 .393 2 1 3 3