St. Paul, Minn. – With the help of sophomore Christopher Kelly (So., Savage, Minn.), the Gustavus Adolphus baseball team went 3-3 over the past week, placing the Gusties in a tie for second in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) with a league record of 5-3. For his performance on the mound, Kelly was named the MIAC Baseball Pitcher-of-the-Week.
Kelly opened his week on the hill by recording a complete game win in a pivotal 3-1 victory over Hamline on Friday, April 26th. Throwing all seven innings, the sophomore held the Pipers to one run on just three hits to go along with seven strikeouts. Those seven strikeouts, compared to just two walks, helped Kelly capture his second win of the season.
After only one full day of rest, head coach Mike Carroll turned to Kelly once again in the fifth inning on Sunday, April 28th against Saint Mary’s. Leading 5-3 with the tying run at the plate, Kelly was called upon to preserve the lead in what would prove to be a much-needed win for the Gusties. He did just that, holding the Cardinals to no runs on two hits in two and two-thirds innings of work.
For the week, Kelly pitched a total of nine and two-thirds innings and allowed one run – which was earned – for an earned run average (ERA) of 0.93. He also allowed just five hits and struck out eight compared to two walks.
The Gusties will hit the diamond again on Tuesday, April 30th when they host St. Olaf in St. Peter for a doubleheader that is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.