MSU had 112 student-athletes recognized for having a 3.0 or better GPA.
Jimmy Pickens hit a triple in the ninth to propel MSU to the victory.
In game two, Chase Rihtarchik went seven innings and allowed just one hit.
David Garner strikes out nine in the loss.
Cam Gibson had both RBIs for the Spartans.
Transfer will start at shortstop this season for the Spartans.
BEFORE MSU: Attended Elgin (Ill.) Community College in 2011-12 . . . transferred to Elgin after attending Nebraska in 2010-11 . . . redshirted for the Huskers last year after suffering a shoulder injury prior to the season . . . named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll at Nebraska in the fall of 2010 . . . played in the 2010 Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended St. Charles North (Ill.) High School (2007-10), the same school that produced former Spartan and 2011 Big Ten Player of the Year Jeff Holm . . . holds St. Charles North school career records for hits (142), doubles (37), runs (108) RBIs (94) and is second in batting average (.442) . . . three-year letterwinner . . . set school single-season records in batting (.484), hits (62), runs (48) and doubles (17) . . . two-time Class 4A All-State selection by the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association . . . also garnered all-state recognition by Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune as a junior and senior . . . earned Illinois Prep Baseball Report All-State honors as a senior . . . three-time unanimous selection to the Upstate Eight All-Conference First Team and also a three-year member of the all-area team . . . hit a school-record .484 with 13 doubles and 35 RBIs as a senior in 2010 as St. Charles North compiled a 34-5 record . . . named captain of the 2010 all-area team . . . hit .465 with a school-record 17 doubles as a junior in 2009 . . . three-time academic all-conference honoree.
PERSONAL: Son of Jeff and Jayna Richardson . . . born Aug. 27, 1991 . . . intends to major in psychology . . . his father, Jeff, played baseball at Eastern Illinois.
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