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Ashley Cline Now a Blue Raider

June 22, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee Head Softball Coach Leigh Podlesny announced the addition of Ashley Cline to the Blue Raider club for 2007. Cline, a 5-5 infielder, is a transfer from the University of Tennessee.

A native of Gallatin, Cline spent two seasons with the Lady Vol softball program. In 2005, she was a member of the UT club that reached the Women's College World Series for the first time in school history. As a sophomore, Cline had a .213 batting average with 29 hits, 29 runs scored, three homeruns and 19 RBI. She was also 10-for-10 in stolen bases. In her two seasons at UT, Cline had a career batting average of .236, with 46 hits, 25 RBI and was 12-for-12 in stolen bases.

"We are thrilled to have Ashley join our softball team at Middle Tennessee," Podlesny said. "Our goal is to build a Top 25 program at Middle Tennessee and adding a player with College World Series experience is a huge addition to our roster. Cline scored the lone run in the opening round against then No. 3 Arizona to help UT take a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats in the Women's College World Series in 2005. The play was named the Pontiac Game Changing Performance by the ESPN announcing team.

"Scoring the run against Arizona is the single-most exciting moment in my career at Tennessee," Cline said. "I had some amazing experiences at UT, but I was looking for a change of scenery and felt Middle Tennessee was the right fit for me."

After the fall for Tennessee in 2005, Cline decided not to play for the University of Tennessee in 2006. She sat out and still attended classes at UT, but didn't play softball. She will have two years of eligibility at Middle Tennessee.

At then end of the 2006 school year, Cline realized she truly missed playing softball and looked for a new place to call home. Middle Tennessee looked like a viable option because it was closer to her home in Gallatin and she already knew two players on the Blue Raider squad, Trish White and Melissa Weiland.

"I am so excited to be here at Middle Tennessee although it feels like I am a freshman again because I know so little about the team and the players," Cline admitted. "However, I know I need to come in here and play like a junior and I will have a lot of responsibility and need to try and make an instant impact."

"We are looking for Ashley to bring that winning mentality to the field every day while wearing a Blue Raider uniform," Podlesny said. "She's an aggressive player and versatile - both traits are hallmarks of the type of player we like to recruit."

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