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IU baseball’s Grant Richardson named third team All-American

It was a short season, but Indiana outfielder Grant Richardson did more than enough to be noticed.

The latest of Richardson’s run of postseason accolades is his most impressive.

The Fishers, Ind. product was named Third-Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball on Tuesday.

The sophomore outfielder started all 14 games he appeared in, leading the Hoosiers with a .424 batting average, five home runs, 17 RBI, 21 runs scored and a .797 slugging percentage. He also had had three doubles, two triples and an on-base percentage of .453 – second-best on the team.

The honor was just the latest for Richardson, who was also named to the 2020 Perfect Game Honor Roll and the Impact Sophomore by Perfect Game. He was also honored as the Most Impressive Hitter in the Big Ten and the No. 15 sophomore hitter in the nation by D1Baseball.

Richardson led the Big Ten in homers, runs, runs per game (1.5), slugging percentage and total bases (47) and ranked fifth in the nation in runs per game, ninth in hits per game (1.79), 11th in total bases, 12th in slugging percentage and 19th in RBI.

The 6-foot-2 Richardson ended the season on a nine-game hitting streak and an 18-game reached-base streak.  He earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors (2/17) after batting 6-for-12 (.500) with five RBI, a double, a triple, a home run, four runs scored and a stolen base in three-game series at No. 11 LSU.

The sophomore recognition follows a freshman season after which Richardson was named a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American and a member of the All-Big Ten Freshman Team.

The Indiana baseball team was 9-6 before the season was canceled in mid-March.

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