Army Aims to Win Fourth Regular-Season Conference Title in Five Years
MISCELLANEOUS: Returning member of Army program ... submarine specialist ... provides head coach Joe Sottolano with different look out of Black Knights' bullpen ... capable of retiring both right-handed batters and left-handers alike ... exceptionally tough on right-handers when commanding strike zone ... induces ground balls with regularity ... possesses excellent sink and arm-side run on fastball ... boasts effective slider as well ... excellent athlete who fields position very well ... owns strong "feel" for game ... sports tireless work ethic and great will to win ... hails from talent-rich state of Texas ... helped high school team advance deep into state tournament ... authored strong showing as a sophomore last spring ... expected to return to his role as one of Army's top middle relievers again this season ... letterman.
MILESTONES: Named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following his sophomore season.
2011: Emerged as one of Army's most reliable arms out of the bullpen during a "breakout" sophomore campaign ... pitched exclusively in relief ... ranked third on the team with 16 appearances ... listed third on the squad with a tidy 3.81 earned run average ... performed even better in Patriot League games, posting a 1.08 ERA versus conference foes ... opponents hit just .228 against him ... allowed only three extra-base hits in 26.0 innings of work ... did not permit an earned run in 11 of his 16 appearances ... posted a perfect 2-0 record, earning both victories in relief ... authored a scoreless streak of 12.2 innings during a three-week span in April ... lowered his ERA from 7.84 at the start of the streak to 3.75 ... made first career appearance versus Radford during the opening weekend of the season ... retired the only batter he faced opposite the Highlanders ... earned first career victory against Ohio State, escaping a bases-loaded jam by inducing a flyout to end the fourth inning ... tossed a career-high five innings versus Fairfield ... allowed just one earned run on three hits opposite the Stags ... pitched 3.2 innings of scoreless relief in Army's 4-3 setback to Navy during the regular season ... allowed just three hits and struck out two batters versus the Midshipmen ... tossed 3.2 scoreless innings to help preserve Army's 10-2 victory over Yale ... did not allow a hit versus the Bulldogs ... earned second career win in that contest ... pitched 2.2 scoreless innings in Army's 8-6 win at Lafayette ... struck out a career-high three batters versus Marist ... went 2.2 innings opposite the Red Foxes ... made one appearance in the Patriot League Tournament, tossing one scoreless inning versus Navy in the first game of the Patriot League Championship Series ... one of 10 Army players named to Patriot League Academic Honor Roll at year's end.
2010: Did not appear in a varsity contest.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Jeff Schroeder at Second Baptist High ... earned four varsity letters ... saw action in outfield and on pitcher's mound ... all-district selection ... helped squad to 2006 Texas 5A state championship ... lettered four times in football as well ... standout running back on gridiron ... all-district choice in backfield ... two-time team captain ... served as student body president.
PERSONAL: Given name is John Edward Buckley ... born Nov. 24, 1990, in Houston, Texas ... parents' names are Lela and Mike Buckley ... maternal grandfather, Bill Patton, retired from U.S. Air Force with rank of colonel ... enjoys reading, listening to music and watching movies in free time ... majoring in Mechanical Engineering.