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Keller Named to Academic All-District I Baseball Team

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Jeff Keller     By Mike Janes
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HANOVER, N.H. — The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) today announced its selections for the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Baseball Teams, and Dartmouth sophomore outfielder Jeff Keller was selected for the first team for District I. Keller is one of four Ivy Leaguers named to the squad, and the first Big Green player to make the first team in at least 10 years.

The Ivy League’s second-leading hitter thus far in 2012 with a .385 average and among the top 50 nationally, Keller boasts a 3.95 grade-point average at Dartmouth. He has clubbed eight doubles and five homers while driving in 25 runs in 32 games. The native of Atherton, Calif., also has a .472 on-base percentage, which leads the conference, and a team-best .596 slugging percentage. Two weeks ago Keller recorded his first career four-hit game, and in the last eight contests he has blasted three homers, one of which was a grand slam against Harvard on Sunday.

Dartmouth has won 14 of its last 15 games and recently won its fifth consecutive Rolfe Division title. This weekend the Big Green travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to face Cornell in the best-of-three Ivy Championship Series as they vie for their third Ivy crown in the past four years.

First-team Academic All-District honorees from the eight districts advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.