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ABCA All-Region selections (left to right): Michael Johnson (photo: Eric Miller), Joe Purritano and Jeff Keller (photos: Jonathan Beller)

Three Named to ABCA All-Northeast Region Teams

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 06/18/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — The American Baseball Coaches Association unveiled its Division I All-Northeast Region Teams today, and three Dartmouth players were among those chosen. Freshman Joe Purritano was named to the first team as the designated hitter, while senior Michael Johnson and junior Jeff Keller were tabbed for the second team at pitcher and outfield, respectively.

Purritano, who was also the Ivy League Rookie of the Year, an All-Ivy First Team pick and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, quickly developed into one of the conference’s top hitters during his freshman campaign. The native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., finished the season with a .343 average, five home runs and 30 RBIs in 108 at-bats. In conference play, he led the league with a .719 slugging percentage and tied for top honors with all five of his four-baggers while tying for second with 18 RBIs and finishing fourth with a .368 average. Four of his long balls came in one weekend against Brown as he was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, the first known Big Green player to earn the honor.

As the Dartmouth pitchers were posting their best ERA (2.75) in over 40 years, the staff was anchored by Johnson who led the league with a perfect 7-0 record in nine starts and was third with a 1.82 ERA. A native of Georgetown, Mass., he held opponents to a paltry .208 average over 59.1 innings, striking out 47 against just 13 walks. Currently the left-hander is among the top 50 in the nation in ERA (32nd), fewest hits allowed per nine innings (6.52, 41st) and WHIP (0.94, 19th). Back in March, he was recognized as the league’s Pitcher of the Week after defeating both North Dakota State and Bradley, fanning a career-high 12 batters against the former in a 6-0 victory. Johnson, a 14th-round selection in the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers, finished his career with a record of 15-2 for an .882 winning percentage, the second-best in Dartmouth history.

Keller, the Big Green’s first-ever Academic All-American and a first-team All-Ivy outfielder, was an offensive force all season for the Big Green as he led the league with 21 doubles, four triples, 41 RBIs, 39 runs scored, 99 total bases and a .702 slugging percentage, the last of which puts him fifth in the nation. The Atherton, Calif., product also hit .369 (third in Ivy League) with six home runs and a .453 on-base percentage. An honorable mention selection a year ago, Keller twice was named the Ivy Player of the Week and broke a 25-year-old school record by swatting those 21 two-baggers in just 40 games, making him the nation’s leader in doubles per game (0.53). His 31 extra-base hits are also a Dartmouth record, and to top it off, he was perfect in eight attempts stealing bases.
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