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Five Named to Preseason All-Ivy Baseball Teams by CSM

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Senior Ennis Coble     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — College Sports Madness announced its Preseason All-Ivy Teams over the weekend, and Dartmouth had four players among the mix with senior Ennis Coble and junior Dustin Selzer on the first team, and junior Jeff Keller along with sophomores Thomas Olson and Thomas Roulis on the second team. Only the defending league champion, Cornell, had more players honored.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Coble was a first-team All-Ivy pick at designated hitter last year and a second-team selection as a utility player after his sophomore year. Last year he hit .311 with a .419 on-base percentage while scoring 24 runs and driving in 16 in 39 of the Big Green’s 40 games. The lefty-swinging Coble led the loop with 40 RBIs as a sophomore in 2011 and was third with a .361 batting average. For his career, he sports a .329 average, .419 on-base percentage, 82 runs, 79 RBIs, 25 doubles, nine triples, three home runs and a slugging percentage of .458.

Like Coble, Selzer was a member of the All-Ivy First Team in 2012. The first baseman led the league with 41 RBIs and tied for the team lead with five home runs to earn the squad’s Best Offensive Player award. The 6-3, 220-pound native of Houston, Texas, also hit .324 with 11 doubles, 30 runs and more walks (19) than strikeouts (17). In the field, he led the Ivy first basemen with a .997 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 39 games.

Keller, from Atherton, Calif., tied for fifth in the Ivy League in batting last year with a .352 average, earning All-Ivy honorable mention in the process, not to mention Academic All-Ivy and Academic All-District I honors. He also ranked among the top 10 in the conference in slugging (.544, sixth) and on-base percentage (.436, eighth) while tying Selzer for the team lead with five long balls. In 62 career games, Keller has a stellar .340 average with 17 doubles, seven homers, 39 runs and 46 RBIs.

The youngest Big Green player to earn a spot on these preseason squads was Olson, a right-hander from Manhattan, Kan. As the team’s closer in his rookie season last year, Olson posted a scintillating 1.69 ERA in 37.1 innings with a 1-4 record and six saves. He struck out 22 batters and walked just four while being named to the All-Ivy Second Team and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American. In addition, Olson was Dartmouth’s Pitcher of the Year and Rookie of the Year, posting the second-lowest ERA among Ivy pitchers that threw at least 20 innings.

Roulis earned a starting slot at second base as a rookie last year, appearing in 41 of the 42 games while hitting .257 with nine doubles, a triple and one home run. The switch hitter out of New Hyde Park, N.Y., was one of the Big Green’s best hitters with runners on base, collecting 32 RBIs — second most on the team — while hitting .363. Over the summer, he was named an all-star in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and was third in the league with a .399 average, plus was named the circuit’s sixth-best prospect by Perfect Game.

Dartmouth, which posted a 24-18 record last year, will begin its defense of five consecutive Rolfe Division titles when it opens the season at the Dairy Queen Classic hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Big Green will play the host Golden Gophers in the opener on March 1 at 6:35 p.m. (CST) before taking on Northern Illinois and Utah the next two days, respectively.