Two Ivies Named Louisville Slugger / CollegeBaseballInsider.com All-America
Portions of this story courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Princeton Athletic Communications
RICHMOND, Va. -- Two Ivies were named Louisville Slugger/CollegeBaseballInsider.com Honorable Mention All-Americans, the organization announced Friday. Former Dartmouth outfielder Jeff Keller and former Princeton pitcher/first baseball Mike Ford collected the national honors to represent the Ivy League.
"Louisville Slugger is proud to honor the incredible athletes that left their mark on the 2013 college baseball season," said Kyle Schlegel, VP of Marketing for Louisville Slugger. "The feats of the players named for this year's national awards and All-America teams were a great example of what it looks like when you lift your game to new levels. Congratulations from the Louisville Slugger team on these outstanding accomplishments."
Among Keller's numerous accolades were first-team selections for All-Ivy League and the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-Stars. The native of Atherton, Calif., also earned Capital One Academic All-America First-Team honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as an economics major with a 3.97 grade point average, becoming the first Dartmouth baseball player to be named an Academic All-American.
The rising senior and 2014 co-captain of the Big Green enjoyed a fantastic spring, helping Dartmouth win a school-record 32 games and its sixth consecutive Rolfe Division title in the Ivy League. The right-handed hitter finished among the top three in the conference in 10 offensive statistical categories as he led the loop in runs scored (39), RBIs (41), doubles (21), triples (4), total bases (99) and slugging percentage by more than 100 points (.702). Keller hit .369 for the season with six homers and was perfect on the basepaths, stealing eight bases in eight attempts. He led the entire country in doubles per game (0.53) whilel ranking fifth nationally in slugging percentage.
The last Big Green player to earn All-America honors by any organization was left-handed pitcher Mike Remlinger '88, who went on to a 14-year career in Major League Baseball (MLB). The American Baseball Coaches Association selected him to the first team in 1987 before he was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft with the 16th overall selection by the San Francisco Giants.
Ford, the 2013 Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Year, signed with the Yankees on July 16 and serves as the Staten Island affiliate's designated hitter. Ford has seen action in 15 games, tallying 11 hits, six walks, five RBI, two home runs and a double. In his professional debut on Aug. 2, his first career hit was a home run.
Ford played at Princeton from 2011-13, foregoing his senior season to join the professional ranks. He concluded his Tiger career with a .299 batting average (132-for-442), recording 100 RBI, 78 runs, 72 walks, 22 doubles, 10 home runs and a pair of triples. Ford was also perfect in stolen base attempts, going 5-for-5.
Along with his .986 fielding and .403 on base percentages, the four-time All-Ivy selection owned a 15-8 record on the mound and a 2.83 ERA. Over 29 appearances, he amassed 28 starts, 14 complete games and two shutouts. The righty tossed 96 strikeouts over 184.2 innings.
A now three-time All-America, Ford had an unprecedented 2013 campaign. He was the first Tiger to be named a John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award finalist and a Gregg Olson Award semifinalist, along with earning an ABCA Northeast Region pitcher and All-Ivy League First Team honors. Ford is the only player in Ivy history to earn Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Year in a career and was the first to be named Player and Pitcher of the Year in the same season.