Mallards’ fans took notice when Riggins stepped into the batter’s box last summer. Deservedly so, as the 6’4”, 230 pound, Normal, Illinois native had the most successful individual offensive performance in the team’s nine-year history by slugging a franchise record nine home runs and driving in a franchise-tying 48 runs. And yet, Riggins still tied Muller for the most hits (66), while posting a more-than-respectable .308 average for a true slugger over 57 games. Interestingly, only first baseman Jerrud Sabourin (Indiana) played more games (60) than the durable Riggins.
“Harold’s an exciting athlete and certainly adds some entertainment value for our fans’ viewing pleasure,” said Thieleke.
“It isn’t easy to find a bona fide power hitter in summer collegiate baseball so it’s an understatement to say that we’re ecstatic to have Harold back in Madison for a second year.”