LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky softball senior Renee Abernathy was named the 2022 Southeastern Conference Athlete-Scholar of the Year for softball Thursday afternoon before the team’s quarterfinal game against Florida.
She becomes the third Kentucky softball player in the past five seasons to win the award, joining Katie Reed in 2018 and 2019 and Bailey Vick in 2020. The UK has won four of the last five Athletes of the Year awards from the SEC in the sport of softball. .
Abernathy, a senior from Springfield, Illinois, will graduate this month with a 4.00 grade point average in Human Health Sciences from the Medical Field at the University of Kentucky. She is applying to be at the United States Naval Academy. Last season, Abernathy was named to the CoSIDA All-District Academic Team. She earned spots on the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll in her freshman season of 2019 as well as the SEC All-Academic Spring Honor Roll in 2020 and 2021.
Abernathy is second on the team with 13 home runs this season, his second straight season with double-digit home runs. She was named SEC Player of the Week and is currently hitting .331 with 47 RBI and 35 runs scored. Abernathy ranks atop the SEC in batting average, home runs, RBIs and doubles, with six baggers on the season. She hit a home run against Auburn to win the series in Game 3 and hit seven of her homers on the SEC pitch.
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