BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with Monday's announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in baseball and softball. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Bethel, Macalester and Saint Mary's claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of March 13-19, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (baseball) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (tennis) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The MIAC Baseball Athlete-of-the-Week awards were claimed by Bethel catcher Austin Ledin – who was named Player-of-the-Week – and Pitcher-of-the-Week winner R.J. Brown of Saint Mary's. Macalester rookie outfielder Julia Carpenter took home Softball Player-of-the-Week accolades, while Pitcher-of-the-Week honors went to Augsburg's Samantha Anderson.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
Junior – Catcher
Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Park Center
Bethel University catcher Austin Ledin and the Royals enjoyed quite the spring break trip to Fort Myers, Fla. The Bethel junior led his team to a 5-1 record last week while batting .667 (12-for-18) with a .739 on-base percentage and he slugged at a 1.222 clip. Half of Ledin's 12 hits went for extra bases (four doubles, two home runs), he drove in 11 runs and scored eight while walking twice and only striking out once. Ledin hit safely in all six games, including a 4-for-4 effort with two doubles, a homer, four runs and five RBI in a 15-2 win over MacMurray and a 3-for-4 game with two RBI in a 4-1 victory over Carroll. The Royals are now 12-3 this season, and Ledin has the second-best home run total (three) in the MIAC, as well as the conference's fifth-best RBI total (14).
Saint Mary's University
Junior - Pitcher
Broadview, Ill. / St. Joseph
Saint Mary's junior R.J. Brown put together the best pitching performance of his collegiate career, tossing a seven-inning no-hitter in leading the Cardinal baseball team to a 10-0 win over Aurora Friday. Brown allowed just three base runners - two via Cardinal errors and the other on a second-inning hit batter - in posting Saint Mary's (8-5) first no-hitter in more than two decades. Brown struck out a season-high six, did not walk a batter, and faced just 24 hitters, three more than the minimum. The junior right-hander induced the Spartans into 12 fly-ball outs and three groundouts. For the season, Brown owns a 2-0 record and 3.31 ERA in 16.1 innings. He leads the team with 18 strikeouts and has went four or more innings in all three of his starts this season.
First-Year - Outfielder
Stevensville, Mich. / Lakeshore
Macalester rookie outfielder Julia Carpenter, the Scots' lead-off hitter, had an outstanding week in Florida, batting .654 (17-for-26) with 13 runs, a double, two triples and five RBIs while stealing eight bases in nine attempts. She went 4-for-4 twice, in victories over RIT (6-3) and Sewanee (19-2), and was 3-for-3 with three runs in a big 8-0 win over UW-Stevens Point. Against Sewanee, Carpenter also scored four runs and had four RBI. For the week, she posted an on-base percentage of .667 and slugged .846 as the Scots went 4-4. She hit safely in seven-straight games to close the week, and had more than one hit in five of those contests. The Scots are now 9-5 overall and Carpenter leads the MIAC in batting (.596), hits (28), runs (21) and stolen bases (19) in her breakout.
Sophomore – Pitcher/Infielder
Coon Rapids, Minn.
Augsburg junior pitcher Samantha Anderson had an impressive week during Augsburg's spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz., going 4-2 in eight appearances, including a shutout. In her eight appearances from March 11-16, Anderson struck out 25 while walking 11 in 35.1 innings of work, with five complete games. Opponents hit .311 off her during the week. Her top performance came last Saturday in a 9-0, five-inning complete-game win over Suffolk (Mass.), striking out four while walking one. She also had seven strikeouts in a 13-2 win over MacMurray (Ill.) on Monday. In 11 appearances (50.1 innings) this season, Anderson has 43 strikeouts against 11 walks and a .290 opponent batting average, with a 6-2 record and 3.89 earned-run average. She is currently tied for third among MIAC pitchers in overall strikeouts.