Softball

SB: Lindaman’s blast lifts Gators past former team; Barnhill reaches milestone

Photo by Benjamin Fox / ChompTalk.com

Final: Florida 2, Minnesota 0

Florida softball rebounded from a series loss in Baton Rouge with a 2-0 win over #20 ranked Minnesota on Wednesday.

Kendyl Lindaman, in her first at-bat against her former team, hit a line drive homer over the left field fence that also scored Amanda Lorenz and gave starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill all the support she needed.

Barnhill struggled the first time through the order as she allowed two baserunners in the first and second innings. Barnhill settled down and in the fourth inning she became just the second player in Florida softball history to record 1,000 strikeouts.

Barnhill sailed through the final five innings allowing only a single and a walk and struck out the final five batters she faced to secure the victory.

Quotable:

  • Head coach Tim Walton: “Kelly did good…made the right adjustments…”
  • “1,000 is a big accomplishment.”
  • Pitcher Kelly Barnhill: “I wasn’t thinking about (#1,000)… I’m proud and happy, but none of this could have happened without my teammates, catchers, and coaches.”
  • DP Kendyl Lindaman: “It feels good. It was a good moment…I put a lot of hard work into this.”
  • “I wasn’t looking for a certain pitch, but having caught her so much and being in a hitter’s count, I knew a good pitch was coming.”

What’s next:

Florida will face Mercer in non-conference action for a Saturday-Sunday series. Coach Walton stated he was going to see how Kelly is feeling before determining who would get the starts this weekend, but also hinted at playing more players on the field.

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