Q&A With Hornet of the Week Michael Del Buono

The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The twenty-fourth student-athlete in this series is junior second baseman Michael Del Buono.

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el Buono, a junior from Clifton, Va., helped the Hornets to a 5-1 week last week with six multi-hit games on the way to a .478 batting average (11-for-23). Among his 11 hits were four extra-base hits including a double, triple and a pair of homeruns, which he smacked against Tufts University. Del Buono scored nine runs and drove in 10 more on the week. He had three runs batted in against Ferrum, Averett and Tufts to open the week. He also walked twice for 20 total bases. Del Buono is eighth in the ODAC with a .397 batting average, and he's first with four triples and a .679 slugging percentage. His four homers are also second in the league.

What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
My favorite moment as a Hornet would without a doubt be before last year's ODAC tournament game when we gathered in center field, led by our pitching coach, and we got as hyped we possibly could in basically a mini-mosh pit. We ended up losing the game but that is one moment that you have with your teammates that you never forget.

What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
When it comes to my expectations for the rest of the season, I will be happy with nothing less than an ODAC championship in both the regular season and tournament. Once this happens, I can see our team making some noise in the regional tournament. My expectations may be high for our team, but our talent level is even higher, and I believe our hunger to be the best will lead us where we want to be.

What do you like most about LC baseball?
My favorite thing about LC Baseball is the winning. I am not a person who likes to lose and LC's baseball program has a strong tradition of winning, and this year I expect our team to only add to it.

What is your favorite thing about LC and this campus?
My favorite thing about LC and its' campus is how close everything is to each other, no matter where you are on campus you never seem to be more than a swift stroll away.