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Three IU baseball players named to preseason all-conference team

Then-sophomore Grant Richardson swings his bat March 7, 2020, at Bart Kaufman Field.
Then-sophomore Grant Richardson swings his bat March 7, 2020, at Bart Kaufman Field.

IU junior outfielder Grant Richardson, junior pitcher Gabe Bierman and redshirt senior pitcher Connor Manous earned preseason all-conference honors from Perfect Game last week. Richardson was also picked to win Big Ten player of the year and the Hoosiers were selected to win the Big Ten.

Richardson led IU last year with a .424 batting average, tallying five home runs and 17 RBIs. Bierman had a team-best 2.45 ERA and Manous didn’t allow a single run in eight innings of relief pitching last season.

For Richardson, the preseason accolades have been flooding in. He was named a first-team preseason All-American by Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball, as well as a third-team preseason All-American by D1 Baseball.

The Big Ten has announced that its baseball season will only include conference games due to COVID-19 concerns, but a schedule for IU has yet to be announced.

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