MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The honors continue to roll in for St. Bonaventure junior Tyler Kelder after an amazing opening week of action. His red hot start has now earned him National Player of the Week honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) as well as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
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.
Kelder joins Duke pitcher Bryce Jarvis in taking the nation's top two weekly awards from the NCBWA. Jarvis tossed a perfect game for the Blue Devils over the weekend against Cornell.
The native of Kingston, N.Y. captured multiple National Player of the Week honors as he was also cited by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and his week earned recognition by Baseball America as well.
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 perhaps the best individual day 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 with four more RBIs.
Kelder currently leads the nation in hits, home runs and RBIs per game as well as slugging percentage and OPS. He is also second overall nationally in home runs - Nick Gonzalez of New Mexico State has seven in five more games than the Bonnies have played thus far.
Last year, Kelder 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.
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