Renee Abernathy - Softball - University of Kentucky Athletics 4


  • position Outfield
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Springfield, Ill.
  • High school Sacred Heart Griffin HS
  • Junior (2021): UK’s leading hitter in the NCAA Regional, with a .500 average 7 hits, 3 doubles, a HR, 3 RBI and a walk … 15 multi-hit games this year, including three two-run HR games … 24 extra-base hits this season, with 21 of those coming in RBI situations … Had a career weekend for Kentucky on opening weekend of the 2021 season, knocking in six runs and hitting .636 in her debut in the No. 3 hole in Kentucky’s lineup for 2021 against Samford. … Hit a home run in the bottom of the seventh to pull UK to within one run at 4-3 vs. Alabama, as UK went on to win 5-4 in eight innings … One of UK’s most improved players from 2020 to 2021, specifically offensively. … Career-high six-game hitting streak snapped at Auburn in game two. … Set single-game career highs in batting average, at bats, runs, hits, RBI and stolen bases during the course of the three-game weekend vs. Samford
  • Sophomore (2020): Tabbed her first-career hit on Sunday, Feb. 9 vs. #7 Minnesota … Hit her first-career home run vs. Boise State on Valentine’s Day … Had a double and scored a career-high two runs in UK’s win over Marshall on March 11.
  • Freshman (2019): Earned her first-career start against Sam Houston State on Feb. 9 in the outfield … Appeared as an outfielder in eight games … Walked vs. Saint Louis in her one at bat of the Coach B Classic … Earned her second-career start vs. Marshall on March 20 in RF.
  • Coming off her junior year with Sacred Heart Griffin High School, where she hit .541 on the season with 11 doubles and 11 home runs, knocked in 60 and had 28 stolen bases
  • Was first team All-State her junior and senior years, Central State 8 2016 Softball Player of the Year, and Academic All-Conference
  • Also lettered for three years in volleyball, where she was first team All-Metro
  • Has played catcher, outfield and first base
  • Bats: left, Throws: left
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