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May 13, 2014

Four Ivies Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Baseball First Team

CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Release

Portions of this story courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Cornell and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. – Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Princeton were each represented on the Capital One Academic All-District baseball teams, after a vote by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Columbia senior Aaron Silbar, Cornell junior Eric Upton and Dartmouth senior Jeff Keller were named to the first team in District 1, while Princeton senior Alec Keller received District 2 first-team honors.

First‐team Academic All‐District honorees 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.

A financial economics major, Silbar posts a 3.37 cumulative GPA. On the diamond, Silbar has shown exceptional range on defense, making numerous plays this season to steal base hits from opposing batters. At the plate, Silbar is tied for second on the teams with 10 doubles, while also driving in 19 runs. Silbar was a first-team All-Ivy League selection as a junior, after batting .306 with 52 hits.

Upton led all Cornell pitchers with 13 appearances this season, all in relief. He had a 1-0 record with a 3.10 earned run average, including 12 strikeouts over 20.1 innings. Seven of his appearances came in Ivy League play (which was tied for team high, including 3.1 innings without surrendering an earned run in the extra innings of the Big Red's 4-2 victory in 14 innings on April 27 at Princeton. His victory came in Cornell's league opener against Dartmouth on March 29. Upton becomes the first Cornell player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 1 team since Frank Hager in 2012.

Dartmouth's Keller is an economics major with a 3.95 grade point average and enjoyed another strong season. Keller leads the league with 15 doubles and ranks among the top 10 in five other offensive statistical categories — batting (.308, fifth), slugging (.466, eighth), runs (28, t-third), total bases (68, t-eighth) and stolen bases (11, sixth). Last week the senior broke the Big Green career record for doubles and currently has 53, three shy of the Ivy League record. A career .336 hitter, Keller also has 15 homers, 105 runs scored and 104 RBIs while stealing 22 bases during his four years in Hanover. Keller was named Academic All-American in 2013.

Princeton's Keller, a politics major who plays second base and centerfield, led the Tigers this season with a .327 batting average in his final season, good for second in the Ivy League, while belting out a 48 hits and four triples, both leading or co-leading the Ivy. His 19 RBIs, eight doubles and two home runs were second on the team. Keller struck out just 18 times this season, a low among Tigers with at least 100 at-bats. Defensively, Keller's .984 fielding clip was second among Princeton players with at least 80 chances, or two per the team's 40 games. During the season, Keller had a 13-game hit streak, which still stands as the longest in the Ivy League this season.