A naturally gifted player with a tremendous arm ... Throws hard and has two plus pitches, including an outstanding slider ... Possesses all the intangibles, including a great work ethic ... Showed a command of the strike zone during the fall that he lacked during his first two seasons ... Has the potential to play a significant role ... Is expected to open the season as the Hokies' closer, a spot he has held off-and-on during the past two seasons ... His role could change, however, as the season unfolds.
2005-06: Appeared in 23 games, all but two in relief ... Pitched the final inning of Tech's second game at Campbell ... Surrendered two runs on a hit and three walks ... Also allowed two runs in a two-inning stint against Towson ... Was outstanding in 2.2 innings of shutout relief at Richmond ... Struck out four men and picked up a win ... Made two relief appearances at Miami ... Worked three innings of relief in home loss to JMU ... Gave up three runs in two appearances against FSU ... Helped Tech hang on for 12-inning win at VCU ... Pitched 2.2 innings of no-hit, scoreless relief ... Tossed three innings of shutout relief at home against Richmond ... Worked a combined five innings out of the pen against Wake Forest and Radford, allowing a total of two hits and two runs but walking seven batters ... Earned his first save in opening Georgia Tech game ... Started against Appalachian, but worked just one-third of an inning after walking three and throwing two wild pitches ... Pitched two shutout innings with three strikeouts at Clemson ... Worked 2.1 scoreless innings versus Liberty with three more Ks ... Started game one versus NC State and suffered his first loss ... Finished with a 1-1 record and 8.38 ERA.
2004-05: Saw action in 16 games, including one start ... Worked 19.2 innings and led the team in saves with three ... Pitched 1.2 innings against Villanova ... Gave up two hits and a run ... Also posted a strikeout and a walk ... Closed the Savannah State win with a scoreless inning ... Worked just one-third inning against High Point giving up two hits and a walk ... Pitched two shutout innings at Maryland for his first save ... Also picked up saves against Liberty and Marshall ... Went just two innings against VMI in first career start ... Pitched 3.2 innings at Duke ... Gave up one earned run or less in 12 of his appearances, but finished with an 0-3 record and 8.69 ERA.
High School: Pitched and played shortstop for four years at Salem High for Coach Pete Zell ... Carried a .365 career batting average ... Was team MVP as a senior ... Struck out 78 batters in 39 innings in 2004 on the way to a 3-3 record ... Racked up six home runs and 27 runs batted in at the plate ... Also collected 12 stolen bases ... Named first-team All-Beach District and first-team All-Tidewater ... Posted a .341 batting average his junior season while registering a 4-1 record on the mound ... Volunteered at Salem Elementary School.
Personal: Charles Randall Buffington II ... Born 03/20/86 in Virginia Beach, VA ... Son of Randy and Kathy Buffington ... Turned an unassisted triple play when he was 6 years old ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.