26 Kaitlyn Richardson  
Kaitlyn Richardson

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Phoenix, Ariz.

High School:
Sandra Day O'Connor HS

Position:
Utility

Bats/Throws:
L/R


04/18/2014

Gophers Head to Ann Arbor for Road Test

The top two teams in the Big Ten will clash Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as No. 12/13 Minnesota meets No. 3 Michigan

04/11/2014

Moulton Sets Mark, Gophers Fall to NU

Sara Moulton set the school's all-time strikeout mark, but the Gophers fell to Northwestern, 13-9

04/09/2014

Two Gophers Named Player of the Year Finalists

Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson were named top-25 finalists for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

04/08/2014

Gophers Seal Fourth-Straight 30-Win Season

No. 14 Minnesota swept Iowa by 2-0 and 7-0 scores Tuesday

04/06/2014

Gophers, Badgers Split Doubleheader

Wisconsin won the first game, 2-1, but the Gophers recovered for a 3-0 victory

2014 Stats | Photo Gallery

2013 SOPHOMORE SEASON:
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 • 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).

2012 FRESHMAN SEASON:
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 (t-3rd), slugging percentage (4th), home runs (t-5th), walks (t-7th), run batted in (t-8th) and runs (t-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).

HIGH SCHOOL:
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.


GET TO KNOW KAITLYN RICHARDSON:
Why the University of Minnesota?

When I first got to campus I fell in love with everything. The girls were great and all the support here to off was phenomenal. Although this was all great, the deciding factor was the coaches. I loved their intensity and drive to win and all their goals were common goals of mine. I know that this was the school that I was going to reach my maximum potential at.

What is it like to play for Minnesota?
I love playing here for the U. The team is really competitive and it's a great atmosphere. We have great team chemistry and I enjoy every minute of practice.

Favorite professor?
Professor Helm because he has a passion for teaching that is so prevalent throughout his lectures.

First softball memory?
Always being so small. Any time I was on a team I was ALWAYS the smallest player. If I was playing up I would walk up to practice and people would say how "cute" I looked; I hated it!! Then I grew and actually passed up all the girls that use to be taller than me.

Favorite athlete of all-time?
Tom Brady because he is one of the most driven players I have ever seen, and he has a mentality that he wants to prove himself anytime he can (even though he is one of the best ever). He never stops and is an extraordinary leader.

Game/reality show you would like to be on?
The Price is Right!!! Only if Bob Barker came back host the show I was on... I love this show!! My brothers and I use to watch it every day in the summer at 9 am! it's the best game show out there.

Favorite place to eat in Dinkytown?
Mesa Pizza!! I can't get enough mac and cheese pizza.

Guilty pleasure song?
"Here We Go" by N'Sync

Bucket list
Visit my family members in Spain
Zip lining