Wichita, Kansas (March 7, 2018) – Mount St. Mary's University sophomore catcher Sean Kelly has been named to the 2018 Johnny Bench Award Watch List, as announced by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission last week.
The award, which is given annually to the nation's top NCAA Division I catcher, features 97 backstops and will be updated to include other candidates until April 30, 2018. Kelly is one of four Northeast Conference (NEC) catchers to make the initial list, joining Cody Doyle from Sacred Heart, Phil Capra from Wagner, and Nick Garland of Central Connecticut State.
Kelly has made seven starts and appeared in nine games for the Mount to open the year. At the plate this season, Kelly leads the team in slugging percentage (.586), doubles (3), and is tied for the team-lead in home runs (1) and triples (3). He also ranks fourth in batting average (.310) and RBIs (5), and has an on-base percentage of .333. Behind the dish, Kelly has registered a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with four runners caught stealing.
The watch list will be narrowed down to the semifinalists, whom will be announced May 16, 2018. Ballots will be sent to the national voting panel at the end of May for a vote to determine the three finalists. The finalists will be announced June 4, 2018. A final vote among the national committee will occur during the College World Series. All finalists will be brought to Wichita and the winner will be announced at the 21st Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 28, 2018.