Autumn Humes to return in 2021 using extra year of eligibility

Wildcat senior announces plans to return for 2021 at Kentucky

Courtesy: UK Athletics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Senior pitcher Autumn Humes has announced her plans to return to Kentucky for 2021, she announced on Tuesday afternoon.

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

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

Additionally, Humes was 5-0 in the circle in 2021 with a 3.19 ERA and three complete games, including a shutout. Her 37.1 innings were strong, as she only allowed 11 walks to 21 strikeouts and held opponents to under .260 hitting.

Humes was a member of the 2019 Southeastern Conference All-Tournament Team and the SEC Pitcher of the Week on March 12, 2019 as part of her best year in the circle as a Wildcat last year. On Monday, Humes was named the CATSPY Community Award Service winner along with volleyball’s Avery Skinner.

She was the first transfer that Rachel Lawson ever brought into her program in 2018 after spending the 2017 season at Harding University in Arkansas where she was named the Division II National Freshman of the Year.

“Hey, BBN! I’m happy to announce I’ll be taking the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA. Although I’m overwhelmed with emotions, I am so blessed and excited to play in a Kentucky uniform one more year! Thank you to my teammates who I love so dearly, my coaches who push me to be my best, our softball staff who set us up for success and my family who supports me endlessly. See ya on the field in 2021!”
– Autumn Humes

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas