May 23, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - Sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson (Phoenix, Ariz./Sandra Day O'Connor HS) has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team, as announced today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Richardson is one of just three Big Ten representatives on the three Academic All-America teams. Northwestern junior Marisa Bast is a member of the second team, while Purdue junior Andie Varsho is on the third team. Richardson and Murray State's Alexa Becker are the lone sophomores on the three teams.
Richardson carries a 3.91 grade point average as a marketing major in the Carlson School of Management, and she had a perfect 4.00 GPA during the 2012 fall semester.
Richardson becomes the fifth Minnesota softball player to earn Academic All-America honors, and she is the first since Steph Midthun made the third team during 1999. Amber Heglund was a third team selection during 1998, Rachel Nelson was on the third team during 1997, and Kathy Casull was Minnesota's lone first team selection during 1989.
On the field, Richardson was among NCAA Division I leaders with a .430 (64-for-149) batting average and a .544 on base percentage in 55 games this season. She led the Gophers in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage (.705), runs batted in (43), and walks (34), while ranking second with 34 runs scored, 11 doubles, and 10 home runs.
Richardson played a key role in Minnesota's success on the field this season, as the Gophers finished third in the Big Ten (14-6) and qualified for their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2003. The Gophers competed at the Seattle Regional, where they defeated Portland State and lost a pair of close games to No. 20 Hawai'i to end the season with a record of 36-19.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
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