MIAC Athletes of the Week – March 12, 2018

AOW 03-12-18

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for baseball and softball on Monday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Saint Benedict and Saint John's claimed the Conference's weekly honors for March 5-11, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the spring season, team sports (softball, baseball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (tennis, outdoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2017-18 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2017-18 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Baseball Player of the Week
Austin Ledin
Bethel University
Sr. | Catcher
Brooklyn Park, Minn. | Park Center

Austin Ledin went 9-for-16 at the plate with three home runs and eight runs batted in as the Royals went 5-0 last week. Ledin had at least one hit in every contest, including a pair of home runs against Buena Vista on March 8. He followed up that performance with two doubles and another homer in a win against Skidmore on March 11, bringing his batting average for the week to .563 and his slugging percentage to 1.375 with an on-base percentage of .667 in the month of March.

MIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Danny Kuhn
Saint John's

Jr. | Pitcher
Alexandria, Minn.

In his first action of 2018, Danny Kuhn allowed one run on four hits, while striking out 18 batters and walking none in 11 innings en route to a 2-0 record and a 0.82 earned-run average last week in Ft. Myers, Fla. The junior pitcher retired the first 11 batters he faced in the Johnnies' season-opening 17-2 win on March 5 over Finlandia and bounced back on two-days rest to pitch six scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over Defiance.

MIAC Softball Player of the Week
Megan Toninato
College of Saint Benedict
Sr. | Infielder
Woodbury, Minn. | Hill-Murray

Megan Toninato batted .514 with 18 hits and five runs batted in over 10 games for CSB last week. She moved runners with a bunt for a single in the top of the eighth inning to help beat No. 21 Central, 5-4, in eight innings, and also had an RBI single in the fifth against No. 11 St. John Fisher to put CSB up 3-2. The senior infielder had five multi-hit games, including a 4-for-4 performance in a 13-1 win over Coe. She also finished the week with 66 putouts over the 10-game stretch.

MIAC Softball Pitcher of the Week
Ally Hjort
College of Saint Benedict

Fy. | Pitcher
St. Paul, Minn. | Woodbury

Ally Hjort had went 3-1 in five appearances on the mound for CSB in Arizona last week, leading Saint Ben's with 26.2 innings pitched. The first-year southpaw threw the final three innings of a 5-4, eight-inning win over No. 21 Central and tossed the final four frames in the team's 10-4 win over No. 5 Trine. Hjort also struck out a career-high 10 batters in a 6-5, nine-inning loss to No. 11 St. John Fisher. She finished the week with 25 strikeouts and a 1.31 ERA.