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Branden Kline
Branden  Kline

Frederick, Md.

High School:
Thomas Johnson


No. 5 Virginia Baseball Thumps Georgia Tech, 8-2

Silverstein tosses 8 2/3 innings to lead Cavaliers to ACC tournament win


Bruno, O'Connor Highlight UVa Honors on VaSID All-State Team

Six Cavaliers voted onto team; Bruno named Player of Year, O'Connor Coach of Year


Three Cavaliers Selected to All-ACC Academic Baseball Team

Harrington, Irving, Kline named to team

• Finished third in career saves at Virginia with 21

• Second-round pick (65th overall) in MLB Draft by Baltimore Orioles
• Second-Team All-ACC selection as starting pitcher
• Led team in strikeouts (94) and innings pitched (93.2); fifth in ACC in strikeouts and eighth in innings
• Received ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on March 26
• Preseason All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball
• Averaged 6.0 IP per start over last 10 starts
• Held conference opponents to a .227 batting average (10th in league)
• Ranked third in league with 65 strikeouts in ACC games
• Started Cavaliers' first game of season against Boston College and was credited with loss (4.0 IP, 7H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 3K)
• Notched first win of season, striking out five, against Monmouth (2/24; 6.1 IP, 6H, 2R, 3ER, 3B, 5K)
• Earned win against Seton Hall on March 3 (6.0 IP, 5H, 4R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K)
• Rebounded to earn win the following Tuesday vs. Marist; shook off slow start to pitch 6.0 innings (5R, 2ER, 8H, 2BB, 5K)
• Tossed 6.1 strong innings in game 2 at Florida State (3/18; 6.1 IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K)
• Pitched first complete game of career with spectacular showing vs. Clemson (3/24), allowing only two hits while striking out six (3/24; 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 6K); retired 27 of final 28 batters he faced
• Had another strong performance with 6.0 IP and career-high 10 strikeouts against NC State but took no-decision (3/31)
• Struck out eight in 7.0 innings of work to earn win over Wake Forest (4/7; 7.0 IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 8K)
• Tied career high with 10 strikeouts in 6.0 IP against North Carolina but got a no-decision (4/13; 6.0 IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 10K)
• Held Clemson to one run in 7.0 IP at ACC tournament, but did not get a decision (5/24; 7.0 IP, 1R, 1ER, 4H, 5BB, 5K)
• Picked up win in NCAA opener vs. Army (6/1-2); pitched 5.2 innings over two days after game was suspended in bottom of first inning


• Transitioned to the closer role this season after making midweek starts and working middle relief last season
• Named First-Team All-American by NCBWA, Second-Team All-American by ABCA and Third-Team All-American by Louisville Slugger
• First-Team All-ACC honoree (relief pitcher)
• Named NCBWA Stopper of the Year Finalist (nation's best relief pitcher)
• Also named to USA Collegiate National Team
• Tied single-season UVa saves record with 18; total also ranked third nationally
• Made 32 appearances, most on the pitching staff and tied for second most in school history
• Worked five shutout innings and struck out seven to keep Cavaliers in game vs. South Carolina in extra innings at CWS (6/24)
• Earned save in UVa's win over California in CWS opener (6/19)
• Picked up the loss in game two of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional only to rebound and pick up the win over UC Irvine in game three (6/12-13)
• Recorded saves in each of wins over Miami (5/14-15)
• Put in 3.1 scoreless innings of work in game two of the Duke series, earning the win in extra innings (4/17)
• Recorded two saves in one day, finishing out games two and three of the Maryland series in a doubleheader (3/26)
• Earned the win against Florida State, pitching a season-high 3.1 innings (3/19; 3.1 IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K)
• Tallied two saves at Clemson, finishing off the sweep of the Tigers (3/12-13)
• Made first appearance of the season against UAB at the Auburn Tournament; striking out the only two batters he faced

• Named to Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team
• Named to All-ACC Academic Baseball Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll
• Scattered eight hits over 8.1 innings of work in NCAA Charlottesville Regional (two appearances)
• Earned win in decisive game seven of regional vs. St. John's (5/6; 5.1IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 1BB, 5K)
• Notched save in regional against Ole Miss (6/5)
• Made five midweek starts, eight total (two in NCAA tournament)
• Pitched twice in ACC Tournament (1.93 ERA, 4.2 IP); fired 2.2 key innings of relief and shut door on Miami in 12-8 win (5/29)
• Made first ACC start at Miami (5/20; 5.0 IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K)
• Tossed three innings of scoreless relief against North Carolina (5/15)
• Overcame four-run second inning to pick up win vs. VCU (5/4; 6 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, BB, 5 K)
• Started against Coastal Carolina and earned win (4/27; 5 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K)
• Pitched two perfect innings vs. Virginia Tech (4/18)
• Tossed four innings of relief vs. Georgia Tech (4/10) and allowed just one unearned run
• Picked up save at NC State with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief (4/3)
• Tossed two scoreless innings of relief vs. Marshall to earn win (3/23)
• Pitched five strong innings at James Madison (3/17) to earn first win (2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K); retired first nine batters of game

• Selected by Boston Red Sox in sixth round of 2009 MLB Draft (198th overall)
• 2009 Louisville Slugger Player of the Year for Maryland
• Rated No. 1 prospect in Maryland by Perfect Game
• First-Team All-State and All-Metro in 2009
• 2009 Monocacy Valley Athletics Conference Pitcher of the Year and Frederick County Player of the Year
• Had 0.51 ERA his senior year (41 IP, 79 K, 12 BB)
• Also batted .414 with two homers, 27 RBI and eight stolen bases during his senior season
• Coached by Jim Foit at Governor Thomas Johnson
• Also competed in indoor track and field - placed fourth in high jump at 4A state meet his senior year (6-feet) and sixth his junior year

• Full name is Branden Alexander Kline
• Parents are Linda Kline and Gary Bowens
• Has one brother, Christopher Bowens



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