Branden Kline Named ACC Pitcher of Week
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Branden Kline (Jr., Frederick, Md.) has been named the ACC Pitcher of the Week following his complete-game performance last Saturday against Clemson. It marks Kline’s first career ACC Pitcher of the Week distinction and the first for a Virginia pitcher this year.
Kline fired a complete-game, two-hit gem to lead Virginia to a 5-1 victory over Clemson Saturday at Davenport Field. In tossing the first complete game by an ACC pitcher in conference play this year, Kline allowed just two baserunners, did not walk a batter and struck out six.
After giving up a triple to start the game, Kline (4-2) retired 27 of the next 28 batters, surrendering just a fourth-inning single to Jason Stolz. He retired the final 18 batters he faced.
It marked Kline’s first career complete game; his longest previous outing was 6.1 innings. It was the first complete game by a UVa pitcher this year and the Cavaliers’ first in an ACC game since Robert Morey went the distance against North Carolina on May 15, 2010.
Virginia leads the conference with 23 ACC Pitcher of the Week honorees over the last nine years.
Virginia has 5 p.m. midweek games against Towson scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Davenport Field before the Cavaliers hit the road to face No. 9 NC State this weekend in Raleigh for a three-game series.