MSU will take on EMU in the first of two meetings this season.
ILL 13, MSU 9
Cam Vieaux pitched seven innings, allowing just one run his first win of the season.
Starter Andrew Gonzalez threw six scoreless innings in his second win of the season.
10-run inning propels Paladins past Spartans.
Nebraska 3, Michigan State 2; May 22, 2014, Omaha, Nebraska
Michigan State at No. 15 Mississippi State, March 1, 2014
Michigan State vs. Eastern Illinois, Feb. 28, 2014
2014 (JUNIOR): Finished the season with a .278 average and 26 RBIs, ranking fourth on the team in both categories ... Started all 57 of the Spartans' games at shortstop and recorded 161 assists ... Named the Big Ten Player of the Week on May 19 after hitting .500 over a four-game stretch, including stealing four bases, scoring five runs and driving in three runs in a sweep of Penn State (5/16-17) ... Scored four runs in a 7-6 win at Penn State (5/17) ... Had three hits and one RBI in a win on the road over No. 21 TCU (3/8) ... Recorded 17 multiple hit games, highlighted by a four hit, three RBI performance in a win over Western Michigan (4/9) ... Stole 13 bases on 17 attempts ... Had a season-long, nine-game hitting streak from May 6 - May 17.
2013 (SOPHOMORE): Started all 50 games at shortstop . . . had a season-high three hits versus Purdue (4/26) . . . had a team-high 10-game hitting streak from March 15 to March 31 where he was 13-for-37 with five runs scored and nine RBIs . . . seventh on the team in batting average (.286) and total bases (58) . . . led the team in walks with 24 . . . fourth on the team in RBIs (25) and runs scored (33) . . . stole five bases over the season including one in each game during a doubleheader against Oakland (3/23) . . . had a season-high seven assists versus Iowa (5/12) . . . fielded 17 double plays over the course of the season . . . led the team in assists with 150 . . . hit a triple versus Michigan (4/5) . . . had 13 multi-hit and six multi-RBI games . . . batted .292 in conference play.
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 . . . his father, Jeff, played baseball at Eastern Illinois.