BATON ROUGE, La. — Kendyl Lindaman hit a grand slam home run in the seventh inning Saturday to lift No. 7 Florida to a 4-3 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the SEC softball series opener.
Pitcher Kelly Barnhill (15-2) gave up a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to LSU (22-6, 2-2 SEC) but limited the damage there, as the Gators improved to 24-4, 2-2.
The late-game heroics was set up by a leadoff walk from Jaimie Hoover and a single to right field by Jordan Matthews. With two on and two out, LSU elected to intentionally walk 2018 SEC Player of the Year Amanda Lorenz to load the bases for Lindaman.
The teams meet again at 5 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday. Both contests will have SEC Network coverage.
Lacrosse: At Dizney Stadium, No.16 Florida rallied late, but it was not enough to overcome third-ranked North Carolina (7-1), dropping the 11-9 decision.
Shannon Kavanagh led the way with a hat trick — her third of the season. Lindsey Ronbeck, Grace Haus and Sydney Pirreca each added two goals apiece on the day for the Gators (3-5).
Sabrina Cristodero had the tough task of marking UNC’s leading scorer, Jamie Ortega, and she held her to 1-of-7 shooting on the day. Cara Trombetta was on Katie Hoeg, holding the Tar Heels’ second-best scorer to 1-of-3 during the game. Trombetta also recorded two caused turnovers in the game.
Cristodero led the way in the draw circle, coming up with six wins on the day. Haley Hicklen notched 11 saves on the day, registering a .500 saves percentage. The senior goalie has now recorded double-digit saves in four games.
The Gators return to Dizney Stadium for a 7 p.m. Tuesday match against Princeton.