Coach Leopold, Knights Receive Conference Awards
ST. PAUL - The UMAC announced its awards for softball Monday, with MLC players Andrea Biedenbender and Amber Krause named First Team All-UMAC. Coach Barb Leopold was named UMAC Coach of the Year.
Outfielder Madeline Scott was named Honorable Mention All-UMAC, while Krause and second baseman MacCartney Mendolla were named to the All-Defense Team.
Leopold was named Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to a school-record 21 wins, and also a tie for third place in the final conference standings. That finish was the best finish the program has had since 2005, when that team finished in second place.
Biedenbender was the Knights' leading hitter throughout the season. She started all 36 games, and led the team in batting average (.453), on-base percentage (.528), slugging percenteage (.651), hits (48), runs (35) and walks (17). Her 48 hits this season set a new MLC single-season record, while her 35 runs was the second-highest total in school history.
Krause started every game, playing third base in almost every game. She led the team in RBI (33), a total that tied for second most in a single season in program history, and also finished with a team-best 14 doubles to go with her .358 batting average.
Scott received honorable mention after hitting .298 with a .357 on-base percentage in 36 games. She led the team in stolen bases (12), and provided a strong defensive presence in center field to lead the outfield defense.
Mendolla committed just two errors this season at second base, finishing the season with a fielding percentage of .987 compared to 96 putouts and 51 assists. Krause committed 11 errors at the challenging third base spot, and finished with 58 putouts and 45 assists. Both players helped the Knights record the best fielding percentage in school history at .945.
Senior shortstop Amanda Fogle was the MLC recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, given to one player on each team who best exemplifies sportsmanship throughout the season. Fogle, a four-year starter at shortstop, started every game this season and batted a career-best .319.
For the full list of honorees from the conference, click on the link below.