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Kelly/Edmiston Selected as SAAC Athletes of the Month

April 3 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has announced that baseball senior Zac Edmiston (California, Pa./California) and junior softball outfielder Kayla Kelly (Pasadena, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) have been named that SAAC Athletes of the Month for the month of April.

Kelly helped the Bison softball team to a 9-5 start, appearing and starting in all 14 games over the first month of the season. Twice in the first month, Kelly was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week. By the end of the month, Kelly ranked second in the PAC in slugging percentage (.780) with eight of her 16 hits having gone for extra bases.

Through 14 games, Kelly totaled two doubles, a conference best four triples and two home runs. Leading the team in RBI with 13, Kelly hit .390 on the month, which included capturing a hit in 10 of the 14 games. Kelly’s top performance of the month came in a conference doubleheader sweep of Chatham University. In the two-game series, Kelly combined to hit 5-of-6 with four extra-base hits and five RBI.

Through the first month of the baseball season, Edmiston appeared in all 16 games for the Green & White, performing well both on the mound, and in the batters box. Offensively, Edmiston posted a .339 batting average over the first four weeks of play, totaling five doubles, a triple and a team-best 15 runs scored. Primarily appearing in a lead-off role, Edmiston totaled a hit in 13 of the team’s 16 games, and  posted a multi-hit performance four times.

On the mound, Edmiston started four games, posting an ERA of 2.59 in 24.1 innings of work. His best game came in a complete-game shutout of Delaware Valley, when the senior went seven full innings, allowing just four hits while striking out six.

Other nominees for the SAAC Athletes of the Month included freshmen Sam Binkley (Arthur, Manitoba, Canada), Cassie Weiss (Washington, Pa./McGuffey) and Whitney Martin (Wintersville, Ohio/Indian Creek) for the women, and senior Ryan Meier (Elizabeth, Pa./Elzabeth Forward), junior Umar Moore (Coraopolis, Pa./Moon) and freshmen Colton Reeves (Poquoson, Va./Poquoson) and Mason Schoonover (Elkins, W. Va./Elkins)  for the men.