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UK softball standout Autumn Humes to return in 2021; using extra year granted by NCAA


University of Kentucky softball standout Autumn Humes on Tuesday announced her plans to return to the Wildcats for 2021.

Humes was a senior in 2020, but with the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA, the Arkansas native has decided to play for Kentucky again in 2021.

Humes has appeared in 90 games for the Wildcats during her career as a pitcher and designated player. Humes this past season set career-highs at the plate in home runs (4), runs batted in (15), doubles (2), hits (9) and batting average (.300).

UK softball pitcher Autumn Humes on Tuesday announced her plans to return to the Wildcats for 2021. (UK photo)

Additionally, Humes was 5-0 in the circle this spring with a 3.19 earned run average and three complete games, including a shutout. She also recorded 21 strikeouts in 37.1 innings pitched this season.

“I’m happy to announce I’ll be taking the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA,” Humes posted on Twitter. “Although I’m overwhelmed with emotions, I am so blessed and excited to play in a Kentucky uniform one more year.”

Humes was a member of the 2019 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team. She was also selected as the SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 12, 2019.

On Monday, Humes was named the CATSPY Community Service Award winner along with volleyball’s Avery Skinner.

She was the first transfer that UK head coach Rachel Lawson brought into her program in 2018. Humes spent the 2017 season at Harding University, where she was named the NCAA Division II National Freshman of the Year.

From University of Kentucky

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