26 Kaitlyn Richardson  
Kaitlyn  Richardson


Phoenix, Ariz.

High School:
Sandra Day O'Connor HS




Gophers Match Program-Best Steak With Win

Minnesota moved to 26-4 with an 11-1 run-rule win over Illinois Saturday


Gophers Power Way to 14-2 Win over Illinois

No. 15 Minnesota homered five times in its Big Ten-opening win


Gophers Top Montana, Walk Off Versus Cal Poly

Minnesota's longest winning streak since 2008 reached nine games


Gophers Knock Off Fresno State, 3-1

Minnesota improved to 21-4 on the season and 8-0 on the road


Offense Propels Gophers in Pair of Wins

Minnesota defeated South Dakota State, 20-3, and Pacific, 8-1, Friday

2015 Game-by-Game Stats |  Photo Gallery

Academic All-Big Ten and NFCA All-America Scholar Athlete • received Patty Berg Legacy Award for excellence in competition and in the classroom while representing the values of the athletics department • named an NFCA Second Team All-American, making her Minnesota's third two-time All-American • First Team All-Big Ten • NFCA First Team All-Great Lakes Region member • named to the top-50 pre-season watch list and was a top-25 finalist for the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award • earned Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors after finishing the weekend with an .857 batting average, .889 on-base percentage, and 2.000 slugging percentage (May 9-10) • received the team's Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row • started all 56 of Minnesota's games at third base • finished the season with a .418 batting average, good for second-best in the Big Ten and fourth-best in school history • hit safely in 44 of 56 games and had a team-best 11-game hitting streak from March 21 to April 11 that coincided with the start of Big Ten play • had a on-base percentage of .538, the second-best in the conference, third-best in Gopher softball history, and 11th-best in the country • reached base in 52 of 56 games, including 40 of the first 41 games, and had reached-base streaks of 17 (Feb. 7-March 7) and 23 (March 9-April 25) • had a school-record .752 season slugging percentage was the second-best mark in the conference • notched 10 home runs and tied for the second-most doubles in a single season in program history with 21, a number that also tied for the Big Ten lead and tied for the 9th-most in conference history • seventh in NCAA Division I softball with .0.38 doubles per game • notched 51 RBI to lead the team and walked 40 times, the second-most in school history and third-most in the Big Ten • recorded 100th and 101st RBI of her career versus Troy (March 16) • named to Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Showdown All-Tournament Team (March 14-16) • against Missouri State, set or tied season highs with two home runs, three runs scored, four RBI, and 10 total bases (March 7) • registered 16 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games, and drove in multiple runs 12 times • scored seven game-winning runs and had seven game-winning RBI • had a career-best .969 fielding percentage, including a perfect 1.000 percentage in 17 games against ranked opponents • stole six bases.

Started all 55 games at third base • named to the NFCA All-America Third-Team • First Team All-Big Ten • also made CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Third Team and All-District First Team • Academic All-Big Ten • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar • led the team in batting (.430), runs batted in (43), slugging (.705) ,walks (34) and on-base percentage (.544) • batting average ranks fourth in school history, and was tied for 21st nationally at the end of the season • on-base percentage was ninth in the NCAA •second on the team with 64 hits • hit 10 home runs and 11 doubles • tallied five three-hit games on the season • went 2-for-2 with a grand slam, a double, a walk and two runs at Illinois (April 14) • went 3-for-4 with a HR, a double, a run and four RBI vs. Louisville (Feb. 10) • hit a game-winning two-run HR at Florida State (March 15) • batted 2-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI vs. Georgia Southern (March 17) • hit two HRs and was 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs at Northwestern (March 30) • drew three walks at Northwestern (March 31) • drew four walks at Illinois (April 13, game 2) • batted 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBI and a double at Iowa State (April 24, game 2) • went 2-for-2 in the Gophers' NCAA win vs. Portland State (May 18) • also homered vs. Texas Tech (Feb. 9), Stanford (March 9), Georgia Southern (March 16), Nebraska (April 16, game 2) and Indiana (May 5).

Started all 53 games at third base • posted the second-best batting average on the team at .338 and tied for the lead in home runs with 10 • ranked Top 10 in the Big Ten in doubles (tied for third), slugging percentage (fourth), home runs (tied for fifth), walks (tied for seventh), run batted in (tied for eight) and runs (tied for 10th) • ranks fourth all-time in Gopher history with 16 doubles • sits fifth all-time in school history with 32 walks • named Big Ten Freshman of the Week three times (Mar. 5; Mar. 12; Apr. 2) • tallied first-career hit in the season opener against Kent State (Feb. 11) • notched first-career home run in a 1-for-3 performances against CSU Bakersfield (Feb. 12) while also recording three RBI • belted two home runs and had four RBI in a 2-for-2 day against Illinois State (Feb. 18) • went 2-for-3 at the plate against the defending National Champions Arizona State (Feb. 18) • tallied a pair of hits and three RBI against Iowa State (Feb. 19) • notched a home run and scored two runs against James Madison (Feb .25) • went 6-for-12 with six runs, four RBI, six walks, two doubles and a pair of home runs at the Bulldog Invitational (Mar. 2-4) in Athens, Ga. • garnered first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on March 5 for her efforts at the Bulldog Invitational • was perfect at the plate against Bethune-Cookman (Mar. 10) with three hits, two RBI, three runs and a double • named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time on March 12 for going 7-for-13 at the Embassy Suites Invitational in Boca Raton, Fla. • began an eight-game hitting streak in the Big Ten opener against Illinois (Mar. 23) • notched a two-run home run in a 2-for-3 performances in the second game of the Illinois series (Mar. 24) • went 6-for-12 with seven runs, six RBI, two doubles and two homers in the Nebraska series (Mar. 31-Apr.1) • tagged Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her performance in the Nebraska series • had hitting streak snapped in the series finale against Wisconsin (Apr. 7) • went 2-for-3 from the plate with one RBI in the second game of the Michigan series (Apr. 21) • recorded two doubles in the second game of the Penn State series (Apr. 28) • was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run in the Game Two of the Purdue series (May 5).

Graduated from Sandra Day O'Connor High School in Phoenix, Ariz. • two-time all-state selection (2009 and 2010) and a three-time all-region honoree (2008-10) • batted .495 with 51 RBI, 19 doubles and six home runs during 2010 • won three regional championships (2008-10) • played three seasons on O'Connor's golf team • member of National Honor Society and the Society of Female Scholars • earned all-academic region honors for golf and was named to the NFCA All-Academic Softball team in 2008 • coached by Melissa and Jason Shepherd and Rob Latona • also competed for the Arizona Hotshots from 2007-10.

2012 .338 53-53 160 39 54 16 0 10 38 100 .625 32 1 33 .444 3 1 3-4 43 120 .948
2013 .430 55-55 149 34 64 11 0 10 43 105 .705 34 7 18 .544 3 0 6-7 39 142 .923
2014 .418 56-56 153 40 64 21 0 10 51 115 .752 40 3 11 .538 3 0 6-7 28 99 .969
TOTAL .394 164-164 462 113 182 48 0 30 132 320 .693 106 11 62 .509 9 1 15-18 110 361 .944