Keller, an outfielder from Atherton, Calif., continued to pound the ball at the plate when given the chance, going 8-for-17 (.471) with two doubles, a triple, four runs and four RBIs in five games last week. He also was walked intentionally four times over the weekend during the series at Yale in which Dartmouth won three of the four games to clinch a tie for the Rolfe Division title in the league standings with four to play.
First Keller went 3-for-4 with a triple, run and two RBIs in a 12-2 romp over St. Anselm. Then he smacked two doubles — tying the Big Green single-season record with 20 two-baggers — while scoring twice and driving in a run in the 9-1 victory to start the series with the Bulldogs. In the 7-3, 10-inning triumph, Keller was intentionally walked in both of his last two trips to the plate with the score tied, eventually scoring one of the four runs in the decisive 10th frame. After collecting one of Dartmouth’s four hits in the 2-0 defeat, he ripped two singles, drove in a run and stole a base in the 5-0 win to take the series.
For the season, Keller is second in the conference and 34th nationally with a .393 average, plus is ranked among the top 40 in Division I in eight other offensive categories. His 0.63 doubles per game leads the country, while his 20 doubles rank fourth and his .750 slugging percentage sits in seventh.
Earning a spot on the weekly honor roll were senior pitchers Cole Sulser and Michael Johnson. Sulser pitched a seven-inning complete game in the opener, allowing just one run on eight hits without a walk while striking out five to earn his 19th career victory, the second-most in Dartmout history. Johnson improved to 6-0 on the season while lowering his ERA to 1.30 (19th nationally) by hurling seven scoreless stanzas in the series finale, scattering eight hits and a walk to go along with three punchouts.
Dartmouth (26-7), ranked first in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Coaches Poll for a fifth straight week, returns to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Quinnipiac (10-24) at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park at 3 p.m.