This accolade marks the first weekly award of Kelly’s St. John’s career.
Kelly made three appearances for the Johnnies (16-11, 2-1 Big East)last week, going 1-0 with two saves in 5.2 scoreless frames. The right hander struck out six and walked none over that stretch.
Kelly began his week with a two-out save on Tuesday against Saint Peter’s after entering the game with the tying run on deck.
On Friday in the series opener at Butler, Kelly threw a pair of scoreless frames in relief of Joe LaSorsa to record his second save of the week.
Kelly’s most impressive performance of the week spanned Saturday and Sunday, registering a win that was spread out over two days at Bulldog Park.
After St. John’s tied the series finale on Saturday with two runs in the top of the ninth, Kelly tossed a scoreless home half to secure extra innings.
The game was then suspended due to darkness, but Kelly took the ball once again the following afternoon, adding two more scoreless frames in the 10th and 11th innings and securing the 5-4 win for St. John’s.
On the season, Kelly is 2-0 with a 1.48 ERA in 13 appearances, all of which have been in relief. He has struck out 15, walked two and limited opponents to a .214 batting average.
Kelly and the Red Storm were scheduled to return to action Tuesday afternoon at Jack Kaiser Stadium to play host to Albany. The Red Storm will then welcome the Blackbirds of LIU Brooklyn the following afternoon. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Ian Murphy and Nick Mondak are slated to start on the bump for the Red Storm. Against Saint Peter’s, Murphy threw three innings of no-hit relief, striking out five and surrendering one walk.
On the season, Murphy is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in eight appearances.
Mondak, making his first ever regular season appearance at Jack Kaiser Stadium, started and threw one no-hit inning with two strikeouts against Columbia on Wednesday.
It marked the junior’s third-ever St. John’s appearance in a career that has been plagued by injury.