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Keller, Johnson Named to Academic All-District I Baseball Team

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 05/06/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released the Capital One Academic All-District ® Baseball Teams, and Dartmouth had two student-athletes — junior Jeff Keller and senior Michael Johnson — among those on the first team in District I. This is the second selection for Keller on the squad, while Johnson achieved the honor for the first time in his career.

Keller, an outfielder from Atherton, Calif., is an economics major with a 3.97 grade point average and enjoyed a fantastic season for the Big Green, which won their sixth consecutive Rolfe Division title in the Ivy League and finished the year with a school-record 32 victories. The right-handed hitter finished among the top three in the conference in 10 offensive statistical categories, leading the loop in slugging percentage by more than 100 points (.702), runs scored (39), RBIs (41), doubles (21), triples (4) and total bases (99). Keller hit .369 for the season with six homers and was perfect on the basepaths, stealing eight bases in eight attempts. No player in the country has more doubles per game than Keller, and he ranks seventh nationally in both total doubles and slugging percentage.

Johnson, a left-hander pitcher from Georgetown, Mass., is also an economics major with a 3.43 GPA and posted a perfect 7-0 record in nine starts this season with a sparkling 1.82 ERA. His seven victories currently lead the Ivy League, while his ERA is the third lowest in the conference and ranks 49th nationally. Johnson led Dartmouth with 59.1 innings on the mound, allowing just 43 hits for a .208 average against him, 14 runs, 12 earned, with 13 walks and 47 strikeouts. In eight of his nine starts, he pitched at least six innings and surrendered no more than two earned runs. Three times he held the opposition scoreless over at least seven innings, once striking out a career-high 12 hitters against North Dakota State in seven stanzas and another time yielding just two hits over eight frames in a 1-0 win over Cornell in a game televised by Fox College Sports. Johnson finished his career with a 15-2 record for a winning percentage of .882, the second-best figure in Dartmouth history.

The duo and the other three Ivy Leaguers to be chosen on an all-district team will now go on the national ballot for the opportunity to earn Academic All-America status. Those teams (first, second and third) will be announced on May 31.

2013 Capital One Academic All-District I Baseball Team
Position Player School Year Hometown GPA Major
Pitcher Michael Johnson Dartmouth Sr. Georgetown, Mass. 3.43 Economics
Pitcher Joe Burg Hofstra Sr. Lindenhurst, Ill. 4.00 Physics and Mathematics
Catcher Chris Untereiner LIU Brooklyn Sr. Regina, Sask. 3.75 Sports Science
Infield Jordan Enos Holy Cross Sr. Stockton, Calif. 3.65 Mathematics
Infield Kevin Brown Bryant Sr. Northborough, Mass. 3.49 Politics and Law
Infield Cody Slaughter Brown Sr. New Port Richey, Fla. 3.76 Economics
Infield Frank Schwindel St. John's Jr. Livingston, N.J. 3.36 Sport Management
Outfield Jeff Keller Dartmouth Jr. Atherton, Calif. 3.97 Economics
Outfield Jesse Kelso Canisius Jr. East Aurora, N.Y. 3.52 Biology
Outfield John Sheridan Brown Sr. Palo Alto, Calif. 3.67 Economics
DH Pat Knauth Hartford Sr. Buffalo, N.Y. 3.75 Insurance/Finance
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