MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) -The MSU baseball team is NCAA tournament bound this year after missing out on the competition last season.
Helping the Mavericks return to the national tourney is two way star, Cam Kline.
Sports Director Rob Clark has more from the dynamic sophomore.
Dalton Roach compiled a number of pitching records over his time at MSU.
The right–hander's collegiate career wrapped up last season leaving behind a hole in the pitching staff.
But a number of hurlers have stepped up this season steering the Mavs to a 39 win season heading into the NCAA tourney.
One arm that continues to provide a spark in the rotation is right-hander, Cam Kline.
"I think Cam Kline has come to the front of the group there. As a true freshman, he pitched quite a bit, and this year has stepped up and been our number one pitcher. He's a guy we can trust to give us 6 or 7 quality innings," said Matt Magers, MSU head coach.
Kline is 10–1 on the season with an impressive 1.93 earned run average in almost 80 innings pitched while recording 111 strikeouts.
Those numbers are solid, but Kline is also getting the job done with his bat the sophomore leads the Mavericks with a .393 batting average and also has 34 RBI's and six home runs.
"What can't he do, if we asked him to drive the bus, he'd probably do that. He struggled hitting wise early, but really bought into what our hitting coaches wanted him to do. It's tough to do one position at this level, but he's done both. We do a lot around him pitching, but hitting wise he picks up a lot of hits, and also has some power," said Magers.
"It's really exciting doing both because they're aren't a ton of people that do that. In the game, just separating at–bats from taking the mound, and getting it done both ways I guess," said Cam Kline, sophomore RHP/OF.
Kline and the Mavericks take the field in the NCAA tournament Thursday against Arkansas–Monticello in Sioux Falls.
We’ll take a look at some of the action right here on KEYC News 12.