OXFORD, Miss. — Kendyl Lindaman came up clutch again for the No. 6 Florida softball team.
In a game that seemed would never end late Friday night, Lindaman blasted a three-run home run in the top of the 15th inning to lift the Gators to a 5-2 win over No. 22 Ole Miss.
Kelly Barnhill (19-3) went the distance on the mound, allowing just nine hits in 15 innings and 209 pitches. She struck out 17 Rebels (22-9, 3-3 SEC) and did not issue a walk.
The Gators (29-6, 3-4) go for the series win vs. the Rebels in a 2 p.m. game today.
UF led 1-0 after Jordan Roberts’ solo home run in the second. The score became 2-0 Gators on Sophia Reynoso’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.
But Ole Miss tied it at 2-all with a two-run single by Kylan Becker in the fifth inning. The teams remained deadlocked until Lindaman’s home run.
Men’s swimming and diving: At Austin, Texas, Maxime Rooney led the Gators on day three of the NCAA Championships with the highest individual finish so far for this meet. UF dropped to sixth place with 136 points, trailing leader Cal which has 372 points.
Kieran Smith got the night started with a seventh-place finish in the A Final of the 400 IM with a swim of 3:43.12. Smith earned his fourth All-American accolade with his first-team honor.
Rooney posted the fourth-best time in Florida history in the 100 Fly, as he clocked a swim of 44.99. Rooney placed fourth and earned a First-Team All-American honor. He has tallied nine All-American accolades now. His fourth-place finish is the highest individual performance by a Gator at the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Khader Baqlah won the 200 Free consolation final with a season-best time of 1:32.18. Kacper Stokowski blazed the competition in the 100 Back consolation final for the win. He posted a career-best time of 44.90, which is the second-fastest swim in UF history.
The squad of Stokowski, Marco Guarente, Smith, and Will Davis combined for a time of 1:24.06 and placed second in the 200 Medley Relay consolation final.
Rooney recorded the sixth-best time in the 100 Fly prelims with his effort of 45.29 and earned a spot into the A Final.
The Gators return to the pool today at 10 a.m. CT for the final prelims of the championships. The 200 Back opens the prelims.
Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, the Gators improved to 8-0 in the SEC with a 5-2 win over LSU (14-6, 2-5 SEC).
UF (16-2 overall) lost the doubles point, but received singles wins from Oliver Crawford, Sam Riffice, Johannes Ingildsen, Lukas Greif and Duarte Vale.
The Gators go for their 11th consecutive win Sunday against visiting Texas A&M in a match that starts at noon.
Women’s tennis: At Baton Rouge, La., Florida (8-8, 5-4 SEC) broke through for a 4-3 win over LSU (14-7, 4-5).
Freshman Marlee Zein registered her second match-clinching win of the campaign, as she outlasted Paris Corley in an epic battle, notching a 7-6, 5-7, 7-5 win on court six. Sydney Berlin, Tsveta Dimitrova and Ida Jarlskog all added singles wins as well as the Gators overcame an early deficit.
Florida concludes its season-long four-match road swing Sunday when it takes on Texas A&M in College Station.
Men’s golf: At Palo Alto, Calif., Florida was led by sophomore Chris Nido in the second round of The Goodwin as the Gators jumped up five spots on the leaderboard to sixth. Sanford leads at 558 -2.
After a 10-over round Thursday, the Gators improved to just four-over in their second round. They were paced by Nido, who finished the round currently T3 after carding a two-under 68 on the day, which puts him at two-under for the tournament.
Senior Gordon Neale slipped four spots but remains in the top 20 at T15. Neale and Nido both had five birdies each but a few extra bogeys had Neale card a one-over 71 for a six spot slip.