ASU’s Kelly Named Sporting News Player of Year

Associated Press

Arizona State center fielder Mike Kelly has been named The Sporting News’ college baseball player of the year, the publication announced Tuesday.

Kelly, a former Los Alamitos High School standout, is the ninth player from Arizona State to be selected for the award. A sophomore, he batted .376 with 21 home runs, 82 runs batted in and 20 stolen bases this season.

Chal Port of The Citadel was selected the college baseball coach of the year. His team posted a school-record 46 victories, including a winning streak of 26 games.

The Citadel captured the Atlantic Region championship and earned a berth in the College World Series, its first in Port’s 26-year tenure.