Keller, one of Dartmouth’s two co-captains this season, hit with extreme authority in the five games last week, collecting eight extra-base hits — five doubles, a triple and two home runs — while hitting .529 (9-for-17) and slugging 1.294 with eight RBIs. The 5-11, 185-pound native of Atherton, Calif., first went 2-for-3 with a double and his first home run of the season (a two-run blast) in a 15-7 romp over Siena. Then in a doubleheader at Penn, Keller was 2-for-3 in each game with a total of three doubles, a run and an RBI. The next day, he was a key figure in the twinbill sweep at Columbia, swatting a two-run homer and lashing a triple in the 3-2 victory, then stroking another double and driving in three runs in the 7-4 triumph.
For the season, Keller is hitting .356 with 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs while driving in 19 runs. His .712 slugging percentage leads the Ivy League, and he leads the nation in doubles per game (0.69, 11 in 16 games).
Other Big Green players to earn a weekly award this season are sophomore third baseman Nick Lombardi (Player, March 5), senior right-hander Cole Sulser (Pitcher, March 5), senior left-hander Kyle Hunter (Pitcher, March 19), freshman infielder Trent Goodrich (Rookie, March 19) and senior left-hander Michael Johnson (Pitcher, March 26).
Dartmouth (14-3), which is ranked first in the region in the New England College Baseball Coaches Poll with nine of 11 first-place votes, and is receiving votes in the national poll conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), returns to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon when it plays at Quinnipiac (9-11) at 3 p.m.