2009: Tallied a .234 average with 34 runs, 32 hits, 14 RBI, two doubles, one homer, 11 walks and two steals in 37 games, 34 starts ... Went 2-for-4 in his first game of the season at SIU (3/8) ... Knocked in a run to go along with two hits at Southeast Missouri (3/13) ... Homered, drove in two, and scored four times in a 3-for-5 game at Southeast Missouri (3/15) ... Scored a combined seven runs from the second spot in the order in games vs. Buffalo (3/20-3/21) ... Had one of the Huskies' three hits in a game vs. Bowling Green (3/28) ... Hit a double and chipped in two RBI at Kent State (4/5) ... Hit a pair of singles and scored a run at Northwestern (4/8) ... Scored three times and posted two hits at Western Michigan (5/14) ... Finished fifth on the team in runs scored (34) and second in sacrifice bunts (5).
2008: Started 35 games at second base ... Hit .217 with seven doubles, two HRs, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored ... Ranked second on the team with four sacrafice hits ... Batted .278 with 10 hits and four doubles during April ... When leading off, hit .273 ... Hit his first career homeruns in a multi-homer game against Bradley and drove in three runs (3/25) ... Had three doubles in four at-bats, drove in a run and scored twice against Akron (3/14) ... Went 2-for-4 with a run scored and stole his first career base against UW-Milwaukee (4/29) ... Went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double and two RBIs in the first tournament game against Ball State (5/21).
2007: Played in 16 games and hit .400 with five RBI during his freshman season ... Had a .500 on-base percentage and scored four runs ... Hit .455 on five hits with three RBI in 11 non-conference at-bats ... Batted 1.000 with two RBI in three at-bats with runners in scoring position and two outs ... Hit .600 with five RBI in five at-bats with runners in scoring position ... Had a .500 average in his two starts and went two-for-three for a team-best .667 average as a pinch-hitter ... Hit .667 (4-for-6) in May and .556 (5-for-9) in road games ... Made his collegiate debut and had a sacrifice bunt at Southern Illinois (3/2) ... Recorded his first collegiate hit with a single at Southern Illinois (3/3) ... Drove in two runs, scored a run and had his first MAC hit after coming off the bench at Central Michigan (4/21) ... Went 2-for-2, including a double, and scored a run at UW-Milwaukee (5/2) ... Drove in three runs on a double in two at-bats vs. Chicago State (5/15) ... Delivered a pinch-hit single vs. Eastern Michigan at the MAC Tournament (5/25).
High School: A first team all-state, all-region and all-surburban choice who was a two-time all-conference selection ... Named first team all-state by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association and second team by the Chicago Sun-Times as a senior ... Collected all-regional, all-suburban, first team All-West Suburban Conference, team MVP and squad's most valuable hitter honors after belting a school-record 10 home runs with a .427 average, .779 slugging percentage, 56 hits, 15 doubles, 40 RBI, 43 runs, and 17 stolen bases as a senior ... Served as captain for regional championship team during his senior campaign ... First team all-conference and all-suburban after hitting .410 with 47 hits, four home runs, 35 RBI, 40 runs scored and 21 stolen bases as a junior ... Batted .405 with two home runs as a sophomore ...Earned first team all-state hockey selections during both his senior and junior seasons ... Was a Dean's List honoree during all eight semesters of high school.
Personal: Accounting major and business administration minor ... Earned Huskie Scholar (3.0-3.49 cumulative GPA) selection during freshman year ... Born May 2, 1988 .... Son of Joe and Debbie Buonavolanto ... Parents own the Buona Beef restaurants in the Chicagoland area ... Nicknamed "Beef" ... Admires Dustin Pedroia ... Aspires to be a sports agent.
Long Hit Streak: 6 (2009)
buonavolanto's Career Highs
Hits: 3, 2x, last vs. Southeast Missouri, 3/15/09
Runs Batted In: 3, 2x, last vs. Bradley, 3/25/08 (G2)
Runs Scored: 4, 2x, last vs. Buffalo, 3/21/09
Doubles: 3, vs. Akron, 4/13/08 (G1)
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