Senior catcher Paul Richmond of the University of Missouri–St. Louis baseball team has been named to the 2014 Division II District 4 Capital One Academic All-District Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their performance in the classroom and on the field.
Richmond has started all 43 games this season behind the plate. He leads the team with 42 hits and 25 runs scored and also has 17 RBIs, while batting .294. Defensively, he has led the Great Lakes Valley Conference the last two seasons in runners picked off and runners caught stealing. Richmond has picked off five runners and thrown out 25 while trying to steal this season.
A three-time Academic All-GLVC honoree, Richmond, along with softball senior Ashleigh King, are the first UMSL student-athletes to earn Capital One Academic All-District honors since 2011 when JaCee Ellis (softball) and Clara Vila (women’s golf) were both honored in their respective sports.
To be eligible for nomination to the Capital One Academic All-District Team, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or an important reserve.
Richmond is now eligible to be selected to the Academic All-America Team.