Following a highly successful two-year playing career at UCLA, Lyndsey Klein will remain in the Bruin dugout this season as a student assistant coach.
Klein played two seasons at Sacramento City Junior College before transferring to UCLA, earning two All-America honors as well as Junior College Player of the Year honors for the state of California in 1997.
As a Bruin, Klein played and started in all 124 possible games at second base for head coach Sue Enquist. Klein led the Pac-10 in doubles as a junior in 1999, setting a new UCLA record with 21 on the season. A member of the NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, Klein hit .500 (8-for-16) during UCLA’s march to the 1999 NCAA Championship.
Last season, Klein earned second-team All-America honors, hitting .361 with a team-high .656 slugging percentage and 11 home runs. In addition, Klein was named first-team All-Pac-10 and first-team All-Pacific Region at second base. Once again, Klein hit .500 at UCLA’s NCAA Regional (7-for-14), and was named to the All-Tournament Team for the Regional. At the College World Series, Klein stole home in the top of the second inning to score UCLA’s critical first run against top-seeded Washington, then hit a two-run homer in the third inning to help seal the 3-2 win. For the WCWS, Klein had two home runs and a .643 slugging percentage. Despite playing just two seasons in the Bruin uniform, Klein was able to make her mark on the UCLA record books. Her .347 career batting average ranks 14th in UCLA history, while she finished with 103 runs scored (12th), 25 stolen bases (t5th), 100 RBI (13th), 34 doubles (8th), five triples (t16th) and 16 home runs (7th).
Klein spent the summer of 2000 playing in the WPSL with the Tampa Bay FireStix, and was named the league’s Louisville Slugger of the Week after hitting two home runs with two RBI and three runs scored in her first two games for the FireStix. Klein is working towards her degree in history, and is on schedule to earn her degree from UCLA in the spring of 2001.
Klein's UCLA Stats