May 20, 2014

Richardson Named to All-America Team For First Time

NEW LONDON, Conn.- Coast Guard junior catcher Jessie Richardson has been honored, yet again, by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Richardson was named to the NFCA All-America Third Team, as an at-large selection, as announced by Association.

Last week Richardson was named a First Team All-New England selection, that coming on the heels of being named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference First Team the week prior. Earlier this season, Richardson was recognized as both the NFCA Player of the Week and NEWMAC Player of the Week.

Richardson, a catcher, had an outstanding campaign this season, ranking among the NEWMAC leaders in almost every offensive and defensive category. The Washington native led the league in doubles (14), RBI (34), and batting average (.481). She also found her way into the Top 10 in a number of other offensive categories, including; hits (2nd, 50), runs (10th, 28), triples (7th, 2), total bases (6th, 71), sac flies (2nd, 3), stolen bases (8th, 8), on-base percentage (2nd, .517), and slugging average (3rd, .683).

Defensively, Richardson was terrific as well, handling an inexperienced pitching staff masterfully on her way to a .982 fielding percentage (split between catching, left field, and second base), making just two errors on the year. She caught eight would-be base stealers (to rank 2nd in the conference) in 21 chances for an astounding 38.1% runners caught stealing percentage. She also ranked first among all full-time catchers, allowing just two passed balls on the season.

Her inclusion on the All-America team is the first such honor for Coast Guard since third baseman Holli Bastinck was named a First Team All-America selection in 2012. Richardson is now the fifth Coast Guard softball NFCA All-American since 2010 joining two-time selection Hayley Feindel (2010 & 2011), Holli Bastinck (2012), and Amanda Frederick (2011).

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