Bufford’s fellow freshmen, Jason Woods and Carlos Rogers, drove in three and two runs respectively for the Dragons (4-1, 2-1), who were the home team despite playing on Parker’s field. Corey Barnes went 3-for-4 and scored four runs, while MacArthur Purdue and Ted Garneradded two hits apiece.
Chester Smith (2-0) threw a complete-game two-hitter, allowing two earned runs and six walks against seven strikeouts.
Jacob Byrd drove in a pair of runs for the Thundering Herd (8-3, 1-1). Kristofer Reynolds allowed 10 runs, eight earned, on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.