The Irish play their first series on the new FieldTurf at Frank Eck Stadium as Clemson comes calling May 9-11.
AT NOTRE DAME: One-year monogram winner ... has potential to be an elite defender in outfield ... strong, athletic player ... needs to work on offensive game ... carried a 3.080 GPA into the 2014 spring semester.
HONORS & AWARDS: BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2013)
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013): Saw action in 24 games, including four starts ... finished the season with a RBI, stolen base and five runs scored ... entered as a pinch runner and scored the game-winning run on a Frank DeSico walk-off single in first career appearance against Florida Gulf Coast (Feb. 16) ... made a career-high five putouts in the outfield at Cal Poly (Mar. 15) ... crossed the plate the following day at Cal Poly (Mar. 16) and against Kent State (Mar. 26) ... stole his first career base and scored a run at home against UIC (Apr. 2) ... scored fifth run of the season in series finale against Connecticut (Apr. 28).
PREP & PERSONAL: Was named two-time all-conference ... selected all-area and honorable mention all-state as a senior ... helped team win region and conference championships as a senior ... earned two letters in baseball (played four years) and also played one year of basketball and two years of football at Maine South High School ... football team won 8A state championship as a freshman ... was a National Merit Scholar and an AP Scholar ... graduated 28th out of 613 in class ... played club baseball with the Illinois Sparks ... full name is Kyle Cousins Richardson ... born in Park Ridge, Ill. ... son of Timothy and Janice Richardson ... dad, Timothy, played four years of baseball at the University of Illinois and 6.5 years of minor league baseball ... had uncles that played football at Illinois, Wisconsin and Illinois Wesleyan ... also had an uncle that played baseball at Iowa ... has two younger sisters, Courtney and Britney ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.