Autumn Humes SEC Player of the Week, Coffel Freshman of the Week

Humes wins SEC Player of the Week for first time in her career

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (UK Athletics) – Kentucky Softball senior pitcher Autumn Humes was named the Southeastern Conference’s Player of the Week and freshman shortstop Erin Coffel was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Humes was UK’s leading hitter on the weekend with a .500 average, and three extra-base hits at the plate. The Bald Knob, Arkansas native had a double, her first-career triple and a home run in the series. Humes also scored in the first and third games of the series, with an RBI in both of the first two games of the weekend series. Additionally, in the circle, she won all three games for Kentucky with a 0.89 ERA in 15.2 innings of work and 20 strikeouts on the weekend.

 

Coffel was one of the main reason’s UK won Saturday’s game, as her lead-off double in the top of the eighth inning led Kentucky to an extra-innings win on Saturday afternoon to secure the series win over Texas A&M. She went 2-for-3 on Sunday with an RBI, her 50th on the season, to lead all Kentucky players and extend her freshman record at Kentucky in RBI. This is Coffel’s second SEC Freshman of the Week award of the season.

 

Kentucky will return home to John Cropp Stadium for its final series of the season on Friday, Saturday and Sunday against the South Carolina Gamecocks. All three games have tickets available through the UK Athletics Ticket Office and all three games will be broadcasted live on the SEC Network+, ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

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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 toBKennedy@wtvq.com