Kaitlyn Richardson is a difference maker for Golden Gopher Softball.
She currently sits tied for first in the Big Ten Conference with home runs and runs batted in. She also has a .420 batting average which is tied for sixth in the conference.
Last weekend she was awarded Big Ten Freshman of the Week batting 6-for-12 in five games, scored six runs, had four runs batted in and two home runs.
The Gophers also had success like Richardson over the weekend with a record of 4-1. Overall the Gophers are 14-4.
This year Richardson has made the transition from second base to the corner of third base.
"She took the extra time to learn the position," said Assistant Coach Jessica Merchant in a Minnesota Daily article. "She's more confident now. Things happen naturally now that maybe in the fall it took her a second [because] she had to think about [things] instead of just reacting."
Richardson has only committed one error at the new position.
She is from Phoenix where she played softball at Sandra Day O'Connor High School. There she was a two-time all-state selection and all-region selection three times.
Richardson was also recruited by other schools that included Stanford and Alabama.
"I think [she] wasn't afraid to go somewhere different and help build a program," said Head Coach Jessica Allister in a Minnesota Daily Article.