Klein accepts NU baseball offer

2012-09-28T19:30:00Z 2012-09-28T21:23:04Z Klein accepts NU baseball offerBy KEN HAMBLETON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Michael Klein, the son of former Husker kicker Dale Klein, has committed to accept a baseball scholarship from Nebraska.

Klein, a pitcher/infielder, was the top pitcher at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and the leading hitter for the Golden Eagles last spring. He was 3-3 with a 2.31 earned-run average and 51 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. He hit .386, had a .449 on-base percentage and a .912 slugging percentage.

“Michael is my No. 1 guy on the mound and he’s the guy, with the game on the line, who wants the ball in his hand or his place in the batter’s box every time,” Mountain Vista baseball coach Ronnie Quintana said. “He’s a top athlete and a great competitor. Nebraska is going to love that part of him. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that his mom and dad were Huskers.”

Michael Klein picked Nebraska over Washington and a number of smaller schools, Quitana said.

“He’s just coming into his own in baseball and he’ll make a big jump next season, you’ll see,” he said.

Dale Klein, from Seward, was famous for his field-goal kicking at Nebraska, where he once booted an NCAA-record seven field goals against Missouri in 1985. Michael, no surprise, is the kicker for the Golden Eagles, hitting all four of his attempts this season, including a long of 42 yards.

Reach Ken Hambleton at 402-473-7313 or khambleton@journalstar.com.

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