May 28, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Minnesota softball players Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Second Team All-Americans, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. The 2014 season marks the third time in program history the Gophers have produced multiple All-American student-athletes.
Richardson, who was a third-team honoree as a sophomore in 2013, is the third two-time All-American in school history, joining Barb Drake (1984 and 1986) and Rachel Nelson (1995 and 1996). Moulton is the Gophers’ first All-America selection as pitcher. Gretchen Larson was named an AIAW All-American in 1981 and an NCAA All-American in 1983 as a utility player. In addition to pitching, she played catcher, outfielder, and first base.
Both Moulton and Richardson were NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region First Team members, top-25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, and earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
A First Team All-Big Ten selection for second season in a row, Richardson helped lead the Gophers to their first Big Ten Tournament title since 1999, hitting .857 with an .889 on-base percentage and a 2.000 slugging percentage on the weekend.
On the season, Richardson amassed the highest slugging percentage in school history at .752, the second-most doubles with 21, the third-highest on-base percentage at .538, and the fourth-best batting average at .418. The Phoenix, Ariz. native drove in seven game-winning runs, including two at the NCAA Minneapolis Regional, and crossed the plate to score the game-winning run seven times.
Additionally, Richardson had a team-best 23-game reached-base streak from March 9 to April 25 and notched an 11-game hitting steak from March 21 to April 11. She had 12 games with multiple runs batted in and 16 multi-hit performances. Going into her senior season, her .394 career batting average ranks her second in Gopher softball history, while her 48 doubles rank her third. She is fourth at the school in home runs with 30, RBI with 132, and walks with 106.
Moulton, who earned All-Big Ten honors for the fourth-consecutive season as a second-team selection, was the conference leader in wins with 27 and strikeouts with 244 and was one of three pitchers in the league with a sub-2.00 earned run average at 1.97. She was a top-30 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, was named CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District 6, and took home Big Ten Pitcher of the Week laurels three times.
In her final season in Maroon and Gold, Moulton picked up road victories against ranked foes LSU, Arizona State, Nebraska, and Michigan and defeated the Wolverines a second time to help Minnesota capture its second Big Ten Tournament championship in Evanston, Ill. Her no-hitter Feb. 22 against Hampton was one of her 12 shutouts on the season, a mark that led the conference and was good for sixth in the nation.
The Eagan, Minn. native finished her Gopher career with a 112-50 record, holding the program records for wins, appearances (178), innings pitched (1,017), complete games (108), shutouts (47), and strikeouts (1,184). She was taken fifth overall in the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft by the Chicago Bandits.
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