On Friday night, Minnesota star catcher, Kendyl Lindaman announced via social media that she is leaving Minnesota and is transferring to Florida.
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It’s been an amazing two years at the University of Minnesota. I can’t even begin to count the number of memories I’ve made here, amazing friends I’ve met, and the doors that have been opened to me. Minnesota will always hold a special place in my heart. With every journey comes a new chapter. I wanted to officially announce that I will be continuing my academic and softball career at the University of Florida!!! This was the most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make, but I appreciate all the love and support I’ve gotten every step of this process. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the entire Gopher community 〽️♥️💛 • • • With that being said I am EXTREMELY excited to be a part of @gatorssb GO GATORS!!!!🐊
Lindaman leaves Minnesota after two seasons winning Big Ten Player of the Year awards in 2017 and 2018 as well as a two-time All-American.
Lindaman joins the Gators offense to form a 1-2 punch with Amanda Lorenz in the middle of Florida offense. It helps the Gators replace some of power it lost in graduation. Florida hit 61 homers as a team in 2018 with 29 of them gone due to graduation. Nicole Dewitt led the team with 14 homers along with Kayli Kvistad (6), Jannell Wheaten (4), and Aleshia Ocasio (5). Now Lindaman can replace most of that production along with Lorenz and a young core of players including Jordan Matthews and Hannah Adams.
It’s a huge loss for Minnesota who now will have hard time replacing the production Lindaman brought to the offense in middle of lineup. The Gophers will look to Oregon State transfer Hope Brander to help on offense as well. But this loss may have Minnesota go from one of favorites in Big Ten along with Michigan to now a middle of pack team in conference that may need to depend more on pitching staff led by Amber Fiser and Sydney Smith.