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