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Steve Kleen
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Steve Kleen

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Menifee, California

High School:
Chaparral

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 205

Position:
P

Birthdate:
05/21/1983

Experience:
3

B/T:
R/R

THIS YEAR: Steven Kleen begins his senior season at Pepperdine . . . One of five seniors on the Waves' roster . . . A candidate for West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year and All-American recognition . . . A versatile player who has excelled offensively, defensively and on the mound . . . Expected to be Pepperdine's starting first baseman and closer . . . Earned first team All-WCC honors in 2004 . . . Has established himself as a top Division I pitcher . . . Possesses good power and can hit for a high average . . . Considered one of Pepperdine's top recruits two years ago . . . Possesses good control while throwing a fastball, curveball and change up . . . Spent time with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League and San Diego Waves during the 2004 summer.

2004: A unanimous first team All-West Coast Conference (WCC) selection...Also selected to the WCC All-Academic Team...Batted a team-high .373 and led the club with 58 runs scored, 20 doubles, 56 RBI, .564 slugging percentage, .447 on-base percentage, 14 multiple-RBI games and 28 multiple-hit games...Tied David Uribes for the team-lead with 84 hits . . . Ranked third on the team with seven home runs . . . Established career-highs in every offensive category . . . Batted .373 with four home runs and 39 RBI in WCC play . . . Served as the Waves' closer and compiled a 4-3 record, 4.07 ERA and eight saves in a team-high 32 appearances . . . Eight saves rank No. 9 on the Waves' single-season chart . . . His 20 doubles tie for sixth place on Pepperdine's single-season list . . . Finished the season with a 17-game hitting streak during which time he batted .436 (34-for-78) with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs, 21 RBI, a .654 slugging percentage and a .476 on-base percentage . . . Played a key role in helping Pepperdine capture the WCC Championship Series as he went 7-for-10 (.700) with five runs scored, two doubles, a home run and slugged 1.200 while registering the final three outs to earn a save in the Waves' clinching victory . . . Established a career-high with four hits in Game 1 of the WCC Championship Series and equaled career-highs with three runs scored and five RBI in Game 2 . . . Earned WCC "Player of the Week" honors after batting .467 (7-for-15) with six runs scored, two doubles, a pair of home runs, 11 RBI and 1.000 slugging percentage in a three-game series at Portland (3/27-3/28) . . . Posted a 4-3 record, 4.07 ERA and eight saves as the Waves' closer . . . Eight saves are ninth on Pepperdine's single-season list . . . Had two relief outings of three innings . . . Fanned a career-high six batters in three innings at Saint Mary's (4-8) . . . Pitched one inning of relief and earned a win after allowing two hits, two runs, walking one and striking out one in the Waves' dramatic 7-6 10-inning victory over Cal State Fullerton in the second game of the Fullerton Regional.

2003: Appeared in 32 games as a pitcher, all but one in relief, and played in 12 games, starting 11, as an offensive player . . . His 32 appearances on the mound ranked second on the club behind Kea Kometani's school-record 37 and tied for third most in Pepperdine history . . . Registered a 2-1 record and 2.63 ERA with three saves in a career-high 37.2 innings . . . Topped the WCC in ERA . . . Allowed 33 hits, 11 earned runs, walked 10 and struck out 27 . . . Longest outing of the season came in Game 2 of the West Coast Conference (WCC) Championship Series when he worked 3.2 innings, allowed four hits, one run and struck out one . . . Struck out a career-high tying three batters versus Loyola Marymount (4-12) and at San Francisco (4-18) . . . Batted .206 (7-for-34) with three doubles and five RBI . . . Had a season-high two hits, two runs scored and two RBI versus UC Irvine (2-26).

2002: Saw action both in the field and on the mound . . . Started 24 games at third base, three as the designated hitter and one in right field . . . Batted .245 with 11 runs scored and 10 RBI in 28 games . . . Had six multiple-hit and one multiple-RBI game . . . Made four appearances on the mound, starting three games, and recorded a 1-3 mark and 7.23 earned run average . . . In 18.2 innings, allowed 24 hits, 15 runs, walked eight and struck out 10 . . . Made collegiate debut in the season-opener versus Nevada and collected first career RBI . . . Came back the next day and hammered out a career-high three hits against the Wolf Pack . . . Had a personal-best two RBI and three runs scored versus Tulane . . . Produced a seven-game hitting streak, during which time he batted .360 (9-for-25) with five runs scored, a double and four RBI . . . Made first career pitching appearance in a starting role at UC Irvine, working five innings, allowing three hits, two runs, walking two and striking out two in a 3-1 loss to the Anteaters . . . Earned first career win after pitching 3.2 innings of relief at UC Santa Barbara . . . Logged a career-high 6.2 innings in a starting assignment versus Washington State and surrendered a career-high 10 hits in a 4-2 loss . . . Struck out a career-high three batters in the contest and tied that mark at UCLA in 3.1 innings of work.

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterman at Chaparral High in Temecula, California . . . Batted over .400 all years, including a career-high .491 as a freshman . . . Named League "Most Valuable Player" as a junior . . . A three-time all-league and All-CIF selection . . . Named All-Riverside County and All-Valley all four years . . . Hit seven home runs in both junior and senior seasons . . . Holds Chaparral High career records for runs scored, hits, RBI, doubles, home runs, walks, hit by pitch, put outs, wins, strikeouts, games pitched and earned-run average . . . Also played football for two years and soccer for one season.

PERSONAL: Born May 21, 1983, Kleen is a resident of Menifee, California . . . Attended Chaparral High in Temecula, California . . . Graduated high school as Salutatorian with a 4.37 grade-point average . . . Ranked No. 2 in a class of 465 . . . Participated or held offices in such clubs as National Honor Society, California Scholastic Federation and Science Olympiad . . . Was named "Sophomore Top Scholar", "Student of the Year", Bank of America Achievement Award State Finalist, Elks National Foundation Finalist, Golden State Diplomat, AP Scholar with Distinction and CIF Scholar Athlete three times . . . Chosen as Chaparral's Best Scholar Athlete and Most Likely to Succeed . . . Named Defensive Player of the Tournament at Junior Pan Am Games in Ecuador while playing for Team USA . . . Won the Connie Mack World Series while playing for the Encinitas Reds in the Summer of 2001 . . . Hit seven home runs in nine games at regionals and nationals . . . Considered Arizona, California, Stanford and UCLA before choosing Pepperdine . . . Majoring in sports medicine.

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