Texas outfielder Kaitlyn Washington (25) runs to first base during a regional game against Houston in Austin on May 19, 2019. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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‘See y’all Spring 2021′: Kaitlyn Washington announces her return to Texas’ softball team

Posted April 2nd, 2020

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Three days after the NCAA approved an eligibility waiver for its spring-sport athletes, Kaitlyn Washington has decided to restart her senior season.

On Thursday evening, Washington announced her intention to return to Texas’ softball team in 2021. The outfielder tweeted “So thankful for the NCAA giving me the opportunity to play with my girls another year! See y’all Spring 2021.” She also told her Instagram followers to “Stay tuned for season 5…”

Washington started 17 times in 2020 for a Texas team that compiled a 24-3 record. UT’s season was abruptly ended last month due to the NCAA and Big 12’s concerns over the coronavirus.

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Referred to by Texas coach Mike White as “the glue for the team in the clubhouse,” Washington is a three-time all-conference honoree. This season, she hit .457 with 11 RBIs. She will need six doubles to overtake Jodi Reeves for Texas’ career record in that statistical category.

Washington was one of six seniors on UT’s roster in 2020. All-American pitcher Miranda Elish has already stated that she will return to Texas in 2021. White told the American-Statesman on Thursday that utility player Shannon Rhodes will also be back.

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