UND Roster

2019-20 Softball Roster

#8 Ellie Richards


Height 5'5''
Class Senior
Hometown Pendleton, Ore.
High School Pendleton

2020 Team Captain

2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll

AS A SENIOR (2020)

  • Named one of four captains for the Irish in 2020
  • Appeared in two games during the 2020 NFCA Leadoff Classic at third base, posting one assist.
  • Saw action in one game at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge and recorded a putout


•    Appeared in 16 games during first full season.
•    Scored a total of five runs as a pinch runner or pinch hitter on the year.
•    Made season debut as a pinch runner and came across to score in a win over Saint Mary’s (Feb. 9).
•    Drew a walk as a pinch hitter, ultimately scoring a run in a win over UC Santa Barbara (March 3).
•    Crossed the plate as a pinch runner in the series opener at NC State (March 10).
•    Scored runs in the first two games of the series as a pinch runner at Louisville (March 16-17).


•    Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
•    Appeared in one regular season game while recovering from injury, logging an at-bat against Detroit Mercy (April 11).


•    Three-year softball letterwinner at Pendleton High School.
•    Logged a .517 average with 10 doubles, 30 RBI, a .554 on-base percentage and 31 runs scored to claim 5A all-state and all-league first team accolades during senior season.
•    Batted .487 with 52 hits, 13 doubles, 35 RBI, 12 stolen bases, and 43 runs scored for the Oregon 5A state runner-up Pendleton team as a junior.
•    Named a 5A all-state and all-conference selection.
•    Member of the state championship Pendleton team as a sophomore.
•    Earned all-state and all-conference accolades as a freshman after finishing the season with a .337 batting average.
•    Also earned varsity letters in basketball and cross country.
•    Set the school record for highest 3-point shooting percentage for a season (51%), and tied a single-game record with eight made 3-pointers during freshman basketball season.
•    Competed with the Northwest Batbusters and the USA Explosion on the club circuit.
•    Finished in third place with the Explosion at ASA Nationals in 2015.
•    Member of the National Honor Society.
•    Daughter of Steve and Kim Richards.
•    Has one brother, Lane.
•    Has one sister, Lauren.
•    Brother, Lane (’16), was a senior captain on the Notre Dame baseball team.
•    Father, Steve, played baseball at Linfield College.
•    The first Oregon native to suit up for Notre Dame in varsity softball.
•    Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in information technology management.