Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 7, 2013

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Menlo-Atherton High grad Jeff Keller, a junior at Dartmouth, has been named to the first team on the Capital One Academic All-American Baseball Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Keller is the first Big Green baseball player ever to earn Academic All-America honors and the only player from the Ivy League on any of the three teams this year.

Keller, an outfielder from Atherton and a former member of the Menlo Park Legends, is an economics major with a 3.97 grade-point average and enjoyed a standout season for the Big Green. Dartmouth won its sixth consecutive Rolfe Division title in the Ivy League and finished the year with a school-record 32 victories. Keller earned a spot on the All-Ivy First Team by finishing among the top three in the conference in 10 offensive statistical categories as he led the loop in runs scored (39), RBI (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. No player in the country has more doubles per game than Keller, and he ranks fifth nationally in slugging percentage . . . Rachel Ersted, a 2010 graduate of Palo Alto High and now a rising senior at UC Berkeley, won the 2013 NCAA Division I Varsity 8+ National Championship at Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday. As cox of Cal's top boat in the grand final, Ersted helped top Varsity 8+ entries from Princeton, Ohio State, Virginia, Washington and USC —advancing from third place at the halfway mark, while rowing a 6:21.426.

A BIG NIGHT . . . Former Stanford standout John Mayberry Jr. hit his first career grand slam with two outs on the bottom of the 11th to carry his Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 victory over the visiting Florida Marlins on Tuesday night in Major League Baseball action. Mayberry entered the game in the seventh inning and tied it in the 10th with a solo homer before delivering his game-winning hit. Mayberry is the first player to hit two extra-inning home runs in one game since Baltimore's Mike Young in 1987. He is also the first player in baseball history to hit two extra-inning homers in one game, with the second home run being a walk-off grand slam. He is also the first Philadelphia player to hit a walk-off slam since Dale Murphy on Aug. 6, 1991.

BANK OF WEST . . . The field for the 2013 Bank of the West Classic has been considerably improved by the addition of Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 4-ranked tennis women's tennis player in the world. Radwanska strengthens an already impressive player field that includes world No. 2 and four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, world No. 9 and 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, as well as world No. 13 and 2009 Bank of the West Classic champion Marion Bartoli. Radwanska, who will be making her fourth Bank of the West Classic appearance, has 12 career singles titles to her credit including two already this season. Tickets for the event, which will be held July 22-28 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium on the campus of Stanford University, can be purchased by calling the box office at 866-WTA-TIXS (866-982-8497) or by logging on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com.

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