Robinson, Selzer Headline Eight All-Ivy Baseball Players
Princeton’s Alec Keller was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Columbia claimed the Pitcher and Rookie of the Year awards for left-hander David Speer and second baseman Will Savage, respectively. Savage also won the Blair Bat Award for having the highest batting average in league play at .414. Columbia and Penn each had four members on the All-Ivy First Team, and the Lions had the most players earn all-league honors with 11.
Selzer, a senior out of Houston Christian, was named to the first team for the second time in his career, having earned the honor as a sophomore in 2012 as well. This year, the 6-3, 220-pound first baseman hit .294 with a pair of home runs and 22 RBIs, but did his best work at the plate in the all-important Ivy games by posting the fifth-best average at .350. After a slow start to his season, Selzer hit .354 once the calendar changed to April, driving in 18 runs in 24 games. He finished his career with a .299 average, 31 doubles, 12 homers, 80 runs scored and 102 RBIs.
A right-handed pitching product of The Kinkaid School, Robinson was the league’s top reliever as he tied for the league lead with seven victories. He also led the Big Green with 54.2 innings on the mound, 40 strikeouts, two saves and a 2.96 ERA, the ninth-best mark in the Ivy League. Opponents hit just .210 against the 6-6, 215-pound Texan with just nine extra-base hits. In nine appearances in conference play, Robinson had a 4-1 record with the league’s third-best ERA at 1.29 over 28 innings, striking out 23 while issuing just five walks.
The three Big Green players named to the second team were senior outfielder Jeff Keller, junior third baseman Nick Lombardi and sophomore designated hitter Joe Purritano. A first-team selection last year, Keller wrapped up his career by leading Dartmouth with a .308 average, .381 on-base percentage, 45 hits and 29 runs scored while pacing the Ivy League with 15 doubles. One of those doubles came in the bottom of the 10th against Columbia as the native of Atherton, Calif., drove in the winning run in a walk-off, 3-2 victory.
Lombardi, from Saugus, Calif., was one of the best power hitters in the league as he led the loop in triples (2) and total bases (39) during Ivy play and slugged .557, the league’s second-best mark. Overall, he hit .277 and led the Big Green (and ranked among the top six in the Ivy League) with five home runs, 26 RBIs and a .489 slugging percentage.
A native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Purritano was a force in the middle of the lineup for Dartmouth, batting .265 with a .355 on-base average thanks to a team-leading 17 walks with seven doubles, three homers and 26 RBIs to tie Lombardi for the most among the Big Green batters. Against Ivy teams, he was even better with a .304 average with a pair of long balls and 13 RBIs to once again lead the team.
Honorable mention honors went to junior shortstop Matt Parisi who hit .273 with three homers and 12 RBIs with two walk-off hits, plus committed just two errors in league play; junior second baseman Thomas Roulis with his .300 average, league-leading four triples and 25 RBIs while posting the best fielding percentage among the league’s second sackers at .995; and sophomore center fielder Nick Ruppert who hit .250 with four homers and 25 runs scored while running down many a fly in the middle of the field.
Dartmouth finished the season with an 18-21 record and won its seventh straight Rolfe Division title before falling to Columbia in the Ivy League Championship Series.
Notes: The Big Green have had 99 first-team selections, the most of any school, since the league first named a team in 1960 … since the divisional format was adopted in 1993, Dartmouth has had 62 members on the first team; Brown is second with 41.