Branden Kline is Named to Team USA's Collegiate Roster
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia sophomore right-handed pitcher Branden Kline (Frederick, Md.) has been added to the 2011 USA Collegiate National Team roster. The finalist for the Stopper of the Year Award is one of 22 non-draft-eligible college players on the team.
Kline and Duke’s Marcus Stroman are the only ACC players on the USA Collegiate National Team.
Kline and Team USA will play a wide-ranging schedule against various collegiate league teams on the East Coast and cap the summer schedule against Japan at Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park.
Kline, registering a 4-1 record, earned first team All-America honors and has helped led No. 1 national seed Virginia to College World Series. He has a 2.15 earned run average and 49 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings of work. He has allowed just nine earned runs, while holding opponents to a .213 batting average.
Kline’s 17 saves rank No. 4 in the nation, one off the national lead (three are tied with 18). His 17 saves also rank No. 2 all-time at Virginia for a season, one away from tying Kevin Arico’s program-best 18 saves set last season.
Virginia returns to action on Sunday when the Cavaliers face California in pool play to open the College World Series. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 2 p.m.