The Minnesota Gophers fantastic season may be over on the field, but Kendyl Lindaman is keeping it going off it. Minnesota’s freshman phenom has been named as one of three finalists for the National Freshman of the Year award! Not only is this a first for the Gophers, it’s a first for the Big Ten!
Kendyl’s awards list for this season is incredible:
- Big Ten Player of the Year
- Big Ten Freshman of the Year
- NFCA All-Region first-team
- 8 time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
As you’d expect, her stats are equally impressive.
Lindaman led the Big Ten in home runs (20), slugging percentage (.899), RBI (tied-76), walks (63), on base percentage (.598) and batting average (.426).
The home runs, slugging percentage, RBI, walks and on base percentage were all school records. She is also third in the NCAA in on base percentage, tied for third in RBI, fourth in slugging percentage and seventh in home runs.
Both of the other players up for the National Freshman of the Year award are pitchers from the Pac-12; Maggie Balint of Oregon and UCLA’s Rachel Garcia. I’m sure both are deserving, but neither of them did this:
As a result, all arguments for their candidacies are invalid.