Kline Named to All-Region First Team

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Kelly Kline Shutting down Muhlenberg sophomore Kelly Kline at the plate was next to impossible in 2012. Shutting her out of postseason awards is proving to be just as difficult.

Kline, the Centennial Conference softball player of the year, added another prestigious honor when she was named to the All-East Region first team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Kline is only the second first-team all-region selection for the Mules since 2000; the other came last year. She is the first Muhlenberg sophomore named to the all-region first team since 1992.

Through games of May 6, the first baseman ranked in the top 10 in Division III in slugging percentage (3rd), RBI per game (6th) and home runs per game (8th), and in the top 25 in on-base percentage (16th) and batting average (25th ).

A unanimous first-team All-CC selection, Kline broke the league mark for home runs in a season (12) and posted the second-best totals for RBI, total bases and slugging percentage, all while winning the conference batting crown (.478).

She also shattered the school records for single-season home runs, extra-base hits (26, old record 20), total bases (105, old record 93), hitting streak (26, old record 18) and slugging percentage (.929, old record .882) and tied the mark for RBI (51). Kline’s .478 batting average was the best by a Mule in 18 years.

Her 12 home runs this season were one short of the school’s previous career record, which she also broke after just two seasons. In all, she finished the year in the top 10 in school history in 10 different single-season categories.
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