MONDAY, APRIL 04, 2011
Olivia Kline named A-Sun “Pitcher of Week”
Sophomore Olivia Kline is starting to heat up at the right time for the JU softball team after a strong week earns her A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week” honors.

The Trinity, Fla. native went 3-0 with a 0.33 ERA and allowed just one run on seven hits in 21 innings of work. She opened the week by striking out seven in a three-hit, complete-game shutout at Georgia Southern (3/29).

Kline followed that effort up by no-hitting ETSU on April 1, which was program’s first solo seven inning no-hitter. Former Dolphin Katie Buell threw the last individual no-hitter, a five-inning effort, against Savannah State on April 28, 2005, while Ashley Iveson and current teammate Sarah Sigrest combined for a no-hitter against Coastal Carolina (2/27/09).

Against USC Upstate, Kline finished the week allowing one run on four hits and striking out three for the game two win.

“I'm very proud of Olivia,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “She had a great week for us on the mound. Olivia has been getting stronger and stronger as the year has progressed which will help us for the final part of the schedule.”

Kline was equally deadly at the plate after batting .556 (10-19) with four RBI, four runs and a home run in six games. She went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the game two win at Georgia Southern. Kline also had two hits in each contest against ETSU, including a three-run homer to help her no-hit bid in the circle. She rounded out the week going 2-for-4 with an RBI in game two against the Spartans.

The right-hander has won six of her last seven decisions in the circle en route to a 12-5 record and a 1.36 ERA in 108 innings of work. She has a perfect 3-0 mark in A-Sun play with 11 strikeouts, a 0.81 ERA and a.161 opponent batting average in 26 innings.

The Dolphins return to action tomorrow to host in-state powerhouse Florida State in a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.