Kendyl Lindaman and MaKenna Partain have each been named Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year finalists, the organization announced Thursday.
Minnesota is one of only two teams in the country to have multiple finalists. Lindaman and Partain have both been key contributors in the No. 5/5 University of Minnesota Gophers historic season. They hit No. 4 and 5 in the lineup and have started every game.
As a freshman catcher Lindaman is leading the team with a .407 batting average and a .852 slugging percentage. She is one home run away from the program single season record with 14 on the season. She has also recorded 52 RBIs. Lindaman has an on base percentage of .563 and has been walked 37 times. Against Wisconsin she drew five walks breaking a school record and tying a Big Ten record for most times walked in a single game.
Partain is third on the team in batting average hitting .400 on the season. She has hit 10 doubles, one triple and two home runs. She has 28 RBIs including a walk-off single in the Gophers first game of the year. She has drawn 18 walks and has stolen three bases. She has started every game at second base.
Lindaman and Partain are two of 25 finalists. The Top-10 will be announced on Thursday, May 11, the Top-3 will be announced on Wednesday, May 24 and the National Freshman of the Year will be announced on Tuesday, May 30. The last Gopher to be named a Top-25 Freshman of the Year finalist was Danielle Parlich.
Lindaman, Partain and the Gophers return to Jane Sage Cowles Stadium this weekend for a series against Iowa. First pitch on Friday is set for 6 p.m.
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