Last Updated February 18, 2009
2009 Preseason all-Missouri Valley Conference pick...Three-year starting catcher...Earned first-team all-MVC honors in 2007 and 2008...Led the Salukis in batting average and RBI each of the last two seasons...Currently ranks seventh in career batting average (.363) at SIU...Enters the year on a 10-game hitting streak and hit safely in 20 of 21 games dating back to Apr. 20, 2008.
2008: Garnered first-team all-MVC honors for the second year in a row...Recipient of the team's "Itch" Jones Most Valuable Player Award...Was given the State Farm MVC "Good Neighbor" Award for his community service efforts...Only Saluki who started all 57 games...Led the team in batting average (.375), runs scored (45), hits (84), doubles (18), RBI (46), total bases (116), slugging percentage (.518), walks (33), fielding percentage (.991), multi-hit games (26) and multiple-RBI performances (10)...Gunned down 13 baserunners...Surpassed 100 career RBI when he went 2-for-4 with a run scored, double and three RBI vs. SE Missouri (4/15)...Started all 24 MVC games...Led the team in runs (23) and doubles (8), and ranked second in batting average (.337) against league foes...Hit safely in each of his last 10 games of the season...Registered four hits in a game four times and drove in three runs on three occasions...Had six doubles over a three-game span (4/29-5/3)...Hit .405 in 33 non-conference games.
2007: First-team all-MVC and ABCA all-region catcher...Shared the team's "Itch" Jones MVP Award...Garnered the team's lone MVC Player-of-the-Week honor on Mar. 5 and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete...Made the College Baseball Foundation's Weekly National Honor Roll on two occasions (2/14, 3/6)...Ranked 37th in the nation in RBI...Only Saluki to start all 56 games...Led the team in batting average (.379), hits (88), RBI (63), total bases (107) and slugging percentage (.461)...Led the MVC in RBI and ranked second in batting average...Became the first Saluki to get more than 60 RBI in a season since 1996 (Aaron Jones, 63)...Hit .394 in 24 conference starts...Had a 21-game hitting streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 25...That hitting streak tied for the longest of any league player...Began the year on fire, hitting safely in 24 of his first 25 games...Gunned down 26 runners on the basepaths...Led the team in multiple-hit (26) and multiple-RBI (17) games...Had a career-high five hits when he went 5-for-6 with two runs, a double and three RBI at UT-Martin (2/28)...Was perfect at the plate in a minimum of three at-bats on three occasions...Knocked in three runs in a game a total of seven times...Had the game-winning hit in SIU's win over Eastern Illinois (5/15).
2006: Played in 20 games and made 11 starts, including nine as designated hitter and two behind the plate...Hit .222 with six runs scored two doubles and seven RBI...Also walked four times...Had four hits, two runs scored and four RBI in seven games versus league opponents.
Pre-SIU: All-conference and all-area honoree at Hoffman Estates High School...Hit over .350 in his last three prep seasons...Team captain, MVP and all-area home run leader as a junior.
Personal: Full name is Mark Stephen Kelly...Majors in Recreation...Born May 1, 1987...Son of William and Marlene Kelly.
Mark Kelly's Career Statistics at Southern Illinois