Florida Gators softball lands Minnesota transfer

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Head Coach Tim Walton announced Friday that two-time NFCA All-American Kendyl Lindaman has joined the Florida softball program. Lindaman, the 2017 & 2018 Big Ten Player of the Year, is a junior catcher that will be eligible to compete during the 2019 season.

 

“We are extremely excited that Kendyl chose Florida to continue her athletic and academic career.” Walton said. “She is a talented player that is dedicated to improving as a student-athlete and that dedication has been recognized so far with multiple All-American and Academic All-American accolades. We look forward to having Kendyl join the program in January.”

 

 

Kendyl Lindaman | 5-10 | Junior | Catcher | Ankeny, Iowa

 

2017 (Freshman – Minnesota) 2018 (Sophomore – Minnesota)
 

2017 NFCA All-American First Team

2017 All-Great Lakes Region First Team

2017 All-Big Ten First Team

2017 Big Ten All-Tournament Team

2017 Big Ten Player of the Year

2017 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

2017 NFCA Freshman of the Year Top-3 Finalist

2017 Big Ten All-Defensive Team

2017 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipient

2017 NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete

 

 

2018 NFCA All-American Second Team

2018 All-Great Lakes Region First Team

2018 Big Ten Player of the Year

2018 All-Big Ten First Team

2018 Big Ten All-Tournament Team

2018 USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List

2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America

2018 Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-District 6

2018 Academic All-Big Ten

 

High School – Ankeny Centennial | Club – Iowa Premier 18U Gold
 

Five-time All-Conference and four time All-District member

Four-time All-State First Team

Selected to play in the PGF High School All-American game (2016)

Three-time Iowa 5A Player of the Year

Holds the Iowa High School All-Time home run record with 71 home runs

Ankeny Centennial High School track shot put record holder

Three-time All-Conference honoree in basketball and was a 5A State Champion (2015)

 

 

Lindaman belted a program-record 20 home runs during her freshman campaign at Minnesota and followed up with 20 more as a sophomore. As a freshman in 2017, she also set the Golden Gophers record for slugging percentage (.899), RBI (tied-76), walks (63) and on base percentage (.598) while also being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week a record eight times.

 

The Ankeny, Iowa native maintained her dominance at the plate during her sophomore season as she finished ranked eighth nationally and first in the Big Ten in home runs, while she also hit .512 in conference play with a 1.279 slugging percentage.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.