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SB: Lorenz, Lindaman named All-SEC First Team; Barnhill and Hightower also earn honors

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The Southeastern Conference announced the season awards on the eve or the SEC Tournament on Tuesday. Four Gators earned a total of five honors.

Amanda Lorenz and Kendyl Lindaman each earned All-SEC first team honors, while starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill was named All-SEC second team. Florida RHP Elizabeth Hightower was named to the All-SEC Freshman team.

Lorenz finished second in the SEC in batting average at a .420 clip and will end her career with the highest average in program history. Lorenz was also named to the All-Defense team as well.

Lorenz became the first Gator to be named to the first team in all four years of her collegiate career and just the eighth in SEC history.

Kendyl Lindaman led the Gators with 14 homers in her first season at UF. The junior transferred to Florida from Minnesota where she hit 40 home runs in two seasons. Lindaman also hit at a .354 rate and reached base at a .473 mark.

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Barnhill will leave UF as one of the most decorated athletes in school history. Her second team honor will rank quite low on her list of accomplishments as she has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Year twice, in addition to a National Player of the Year in 2017.

Barnhill completed the the 2019 regular season with a 27-11 record and a 1.69 ERA. In 220 innings of work she recorded 289 strikeouts and she became the UF all-time strikeout leader in April.

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Elizabeth Hightower garnered All-Freshman honors after leading Florida with a 1.49 ERA. Hightower finished the regular season with a 4-1 record and held opponents to a .214 average.

The Gators (40-15) will head to College Station, TX for the SEC Tournament with a chance to improve their NCAA resume. Presently, Florida has the no. 10 RPI in the country. The USA Today coaches poll has the Gators ranked no. 9 while Softball America places Florida all the way back to no. 15.

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