The GoBonnies.com Male Athlete of the Week presented by CPL for the week ending Feb. 23 is baseball junior Tyler Kelder.
Kelder, the third-year Bonnies outfielder was unstoppable at the plate in Bona's three-game sweep at Mount St. Mary's. He belted six home runs in 16 at-bats, finishing the weekend with a slash line of .625/.647/1.813 while recording 11 RBIs.
He opened the year with a homer in Friday's Opening Day win and nearly had a grand slam when he drove another ball to the fence in left center, settling for a two-run double. On Saturday, he had one of the best individual days in program history as he homered five times in a doubleheader sweep of The Mount.
In Saturday's first game, he launched three homers and went 4-for-6 at the plate, driving in four runs. In the series finale, he blasted two more round-trippers and finished 3-for-4 and drove in four runs. He is currently the national leader in OPS (2.549).
He was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week Monday for his efforts.
Last year, he started all 45 games for the Bonnies, hitting .293 with team-high 15 doubles, nine home runs and 33 RBIs. Now with 17 home runs during his career, he is tied for 10th in program history.