Height: 6'3"
Weight: 184
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Omaha, Neb.
High School: Central
Experience: 1 Letter


Honors & Awards

  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll (Fall 2008)

2009 Outlook: One of the toughest positions for a freshman to take over is at shortstop and the experience Ben Kline gained last season will pay dividends this spring Became the first Husker freshman since 2002 to handle the full-time duties at shortstop, finishing the year with a .253 average and 23 RBIs Overcame a slow start to hit .280 with 14 RBIs and a .960 fielding percentage in his last 36 games after hitting just .206 in first 17 contests Spent the summer in Wilmington (N.C.) in the Coastal Plains League, hitting .244 with a homer, 12 RBIs and four stolen bases in the wood-bat league in just 24 contests Impressed the coaching staff with his work habits and is developing his leadership skills Made solid adjustments from his freshman year and was consistently one of the Huskers’ top performers in the fall Will be pushed by junior college transfer Kyle Bubak for the starting role with the other player potentially moving over to second base.

2008: Kline won a heated competition for the starting shortstop role and performed admirably in becoming the first true freshman to earn the role since Joe Simokaitis in 2002 Hit .253 with 23 RBIs in 53 games, delivering 12 multi-hit games and seven multiple-RBI efforts out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup Became a more consistent offensive threat as the season progressed, hitting .280 in his final 36 contests Provided a steady glove throughout his freshman year, committing just three errors in his final 23 appearances Hit .300 with two doubles and two runs scored in the NCAA Tournament, including a 2-for-5 effort against Eastern Illinois on May 30 Started NU’s Big 12 Tournament opener on May 21, going 1-for-3 versus Baylor Hit just .202 while starting 26 Big 12 contests Closed out the regular season on a high note, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs at No. 12 Missouri on May 18 Had two hits and a stolen base against ninth-ranked Texas A&M on May 9 Was 2-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in the opener against Louisiana-Lafayette on May 3 Drove in the game-winning run in the series opener against Western Illinois on April 29 Torched Creighton in the two-game series against the Bluejays, going 4-for-9 with a double and four RBIs, as he had two hits and a pair of RBIs in each contest Was 3-for-11 against Kansas, including a 2-for-4 afternoon with two runs scored in NU’s 8-6 win on April 19 Went 1-for-3 in a win over No. 5 Wichita State on April 15 Put together a solid series at No. 13 Texas, hitting .400 (4-for-10) with a pair of doubles and three RBIs Tied career highs with three hits and three RBIs at No. 13 Texas on March 28, going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in a 14-4 win Was 2-for-4 off the bench in a 9-4 win over Northern Colorado on March 26 Picked up his third multi-hit game of the year in the series opener against Northern Colorado on March 8, going 2-for-3 and scoring twice in the win Enjoyed a strong series against UC Riverside, hitting .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, two RBIs and five runs scored Collected his first three-hit day against the Highlanders on March 1, going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Omaha Central High School: Kline was one of the top prospects in the Midwest playing for Coach Steve Russell at Central High School in Omaha Garnered first-team, all-state honors in both 2006 and 2007 Led Central to a district title and its first state playoff berth since 1983 as a senior, hitting .458 with six homers, seven triples and 35 RBIs Chosen as the Nebraska Perfect Game USA Player of the Year and was tabbed as a first-team All-District V selection by the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 high school prospect in the state for the 2007 Draft Named the MVP of the 2007 Collin-Orcutt Memorial All-Star Game Selected as a first-team all-state pick in 2006 when he hit .400 with five homers and 24 RBIs Chosen to play in the 2006 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars event Multi-sport standout who was a finalist for Lincoln Journal Star Male High School Athlete of the Year and was also nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Played four years of basketball, helping Omaha Central to consecutive Class A state titles Averaged 12 points and five rebounds a game en route to third-team all-state accolades as a senior Averaged 14 points per game as a junior to help Central to its first state crown since 1975 Carried better than a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career and collected academic all-state honors in both baseball and basketball from the Lincoln Journal Star.

Personal: Born on Dec. 2, 1988, in Omaha Parents are Jono and Joni Kline Has one younger brother (Corey) Has not declared a major.

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