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Kayla Kelly/Zac Edmiston Named SAAC Athletes of the Week

March 18 - BETHANY, W. Va. – Bethany College senior pitcher Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) and junior left fielder Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) have been named the Bethany Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Athletes of the Week, announced the Bison SAAC on Wednesday.

Edmiston made the most out of his lone start for the Bison last week, pitching Bethany to an 8-0 victory over Delaware Valley in the second game of a double header. In the win, Edmiston went the distance, picking up his first complete-game shutout of the season. Edmiston had a no-hitter through 4.2 innings of work before giving up a bloop single in the fifth inning. He faced just two more batters than the minimum, giving up three hits (two of which were infield singles) while striking out six.

Through two starts on the mound this season, Edmiston is currently 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA. He has allowed just two earned runs in 13 innings of work while holding opponents to a .209 batting average. Of the nine hits that Edmiston has allowed through his two starts, just one has been for extra bases.

Kelly helped the Bison earn six wins last week as she hit .360 with four extra-base hits. Kelly tallied a hit in six of the eight games, recording a multi-hit performance, twice. She finished the week with seven RBI, a double, two triples and a home run.

In a 9-8, extra-inning win over St. Mary's (Ind.), Kelly provided the difference maker, knocking a two-run homer to center field in the top of the eighth inning. In the 11-5 victory over Bates College, Kelly once again provided a spark, helping the Bison plate five runs in the fourth inning with a bases-loaded triple. Kelly went a perfect 3-3 in stolen base attempts while also posting a slugging percentage of .680.

On the year, Kelly is hitting .314 with eight RBI, but leads the team in both slugging percentage (.543) as well as stolen bases (4-for-4 on the year).

Other nominees for SAAC Athletes of the Week included, junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and freshman Lamont Sweeny (Columbia, Md./Reservoir) for the men, and freshman Cassie Weiss (Washington, Pa./McGuffey) and junior Maria Jackson-McBride (Spotsylvania, ) for the women.