Florida infielders Kendyl Lindaman and Charla Echols earned spots on the Preseason All-SEC Team Wednesday.
In January, the duo made the USA Softball Player of the Year Top 50 “Watch List.”
Lindaman, a fifth-year first baseman, started all 27 games in last year’s shortened season. She hit .410 with seven home runs, 22 RBIs and a team-high .525 on-base percentage. The Iowa native reached base safely in every game and produced a 15-game hitting streak, marking the sixth longest streak in UF program history.
Lindaman won the final SEC Player of the Week award of 2020 after impressive performances versus Penn and Florida State. The fifth-year senior went 4-for-4 and hit a pair of timely home runs against the Quakers and the Seminoles.
The three-time NFCA All-American leads all active NCAA softball players in career RBIs (207). Lindaman also ranks inside the top-five among active athletes in career home runs (62: second), walks (176: second) and total bases (440: fifth).
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After transferring from Michigan State, Florida third baseman Charla Echols wasted no time easing into her role at UF. The Newnan, Georgia, native led the Gators last season in nearly every category. She led in batting average (.417), hits (35), total bases (64), home runs (8), RBIs (28) and slugging percentage (.762). Echols also led the team in multi-hit games (8) as well as multi-RBI games (10).
In her first season at Florida, Echols recorded a career-long 10-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 25 of her 27 games played. The third baseman was responsible for the game-winning RBI in four separate games and scored the game-winning run in another game.
No. 7 Florida will kick off the 2021 season on Feb. 13 in a weekend away series against USF before returning to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Feb. 17 to face Jacksonville in the Gators’ home-opener.