The University of Kentucky softball team received some good news last week, when they picked up a commitment from transfer Autumn Humes.
Humes, a 5-8-pitcher/utility player from Bald Knob, Ark., played her freshman year of college at Harding University in Searcy, Ark. Humes announced her commitment to Kentucky via her Twitter account on July 11th.
I’m proud to announce that I verbally committed to the University of Kentucky today to continue my softball career! Ready to be a wildcat! ? pic.twitter.com/xLEnvTp2LN
— aut (@autumn_e6humes) July 11, 2017
Prior to her career at Harding University, Humes was a standout performer for Bald Knob High School, where she was named the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
During the 2015 season, she posted a record of 26-1 with a 0.41 ERA, including 246 strikeouts in 155 innings pitched, 11 shutouts, and three perfect games. However, she was just as good at the plate where she hit .543 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI, while leading her team to a second consecutive Class 3A state championship.
The right-hander followed her strong 2015 campaign with an even better one in 2016. Humes posted a perfect 31-0 record in the circle and a 0.34 ERA. She struck out a jaw dropping 295 batters across 185 innings pitched, including 19 shutouts and three more perfect games. When she wasn’t dominating in the circle, she was raking at the plate. Humes posted a .527 batting average with 11 home runs and 54 RBI, while leading her team to its third straight Class 3A state championship.
Humes strong play followed her to Harding University, where she was named a Division II CCA first-team All-American, a second-team NFCA All-American, first-team All-Central Region, Great American Conference (GAC) Freshman of the Year, and the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division II National Freshman of the Year.
The rookie right-hander posted a 33-3 record with a 1.19 ERA, while adding seven saves. Humes tossed 16 shutouts, which tied for the most in the country, including a no-hitter in the first-ever NCAA Tournament game for Harding University. Humes also impressed at the plate with a .346 batting average, to go along with 10 doubles, 7 home runs, and 53 RBIs.
Humes brings a winning pedigree to a program that has established itself as one of the best in the SEC and the nation.
Big Blue Nation can follow Autumn Humes on Twitter @autumn_e6humes.
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