Rising Star: Why Mojo Slugger Aubrey Barnhart Stuck With Auburn

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During the fall of 2016, Tennessee Mojo catcher/third baseman Aubrey Barnhart was excited to announce her verbal commitment to Auburn. 

Making that decision was supposed to bring relief to her life and softball career but during the 2017 Auburn softball season, Barnhart’s future as a Tiger became a source of stress. 

In March 2017, AU assistant coach Corey Myers resigned. A month later, three players were arrested. And in August, Corey's father, Tigers head coach Clint Myers, announced his retirement shortly after agreeing to a contract extension through 2023. The saga continued for Auburn as allegations of abuse and sexual harassment were made public. The Tigers softball program seemed to be making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

“It was very stressful," Barnhart told FloSoftball. "And for me, there was a lot of pressure. I had already made up my mind and the coaching change was very unexpected."

Barnhart had extensive discussions with her parents on what steps to take and they decided it would be best to see who Auburn would hire as its new coach.

The AU athletic department acted quickly, hiring acclaimed James Madison head coach Mickey Dean in early September. Before joining Auburn, Dean compiled a record of 237-56, nine conference titles, and seven NCAA tournament appearances. 

“After meeting with Coach Dean and [assistant coach Annie Smith], I was confident that Auburn was still where I wanted to be,” Barnhart said.

Auburn, AL, felt like home for Barnhart, who grew up in a town of fewer than 5,000 people in Pleasant View, TN. 

“From the second I stepped on campus, I knew that’s where I wanted to be,” Barnhart said. 

Now that her future with Auburn is secure, she’s free to play softball without worry. The No. 4 Hot 100 recruit made a full recovery from her meniscal tear and is swinging the bat really well. Tennessee Mojo won the Champions Elite Showcase and placed third at the Tulsa Elite Invite. 


Aubrey Barnhart

Club Team: Tennessee Mojo 2021

Position: Catcher/Third Base

High School: Goodpasture High School

Grad Year: 2021

Hometown: Pleasant View, TN

College: Auburn

Hot 100 Rank: No. 4

Quickfire

If you weren’t playing softball, what would you be doing? Probably playing basketball.

Favorite snack: Toasted Cheez-Its

Dream Vacation: Bora Bora

Dream Car: White four-door Jeep with black rims

Dream Job: College head coach

Favorite Restaurant: Lambert’s

Favorite Movie: "The Maze Runner"

Favorite Pump-Up Song: "Ball For Me" by Post Malone

If you could describe yourself in one word on the field and off the field, what would it be?

On the field: Focused

Off the field: Reliable

Do you have any routines or rituals? When I’m catching, I grab dirt before every pitch. 

Who’s one player that you wish you could meet? Jessie Warren

Favorite quote or mantra you live by: "Winning isn’t everything, wanting to is."

Clemson Softball Announces Addition Of Five Transfers

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CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson University head softball coach John Rittman announced the addition of five transfers to the program Tuesday. The signees include Mary Kathryn “MK” Bonamy, Camden “Cammy” Pereira, Marissa Guimbarda and Bailey Taylor. All four are set to join Ansley Gilstrap, Clemson’s first transfer who joined the program officially last summer. Rittman also now expects the Tigers’ squad to be near, if not, fully rounded out heading into the fall with a total of 16 players on the official roster.

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USA JO Cup: How To Watch, Time & Live Stream Info

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Since the inaugural year in 2015, the JO Cup has grown to include three age groups and has crowned eight champions in its four years. This tournament is team-based and is led by a committee of travel ball coaches whose main focus is to give teams the opportunity to play in an elite tournament and rely on their feedback to produce a competitive atmosphere for all those involved.

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Rising Star: Why Auburn-Commit Madison Penta Sings For Strikeouts

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Lauren Lappin: Chicago Bandits Head Coach & National Softball Treasure

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First-year Chicago Bandits head coach Lauren Lappin has her team firing on all cylinders, sitting atop the National Pro Fastpitch standings after putting together a 14-game win streak over the past few weeks.

USA JWNT Roster Finalized For WBSC U-19 Women's Softball World Cup

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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball is proud to announce the final roster for the 2019 USA Softball U-19 Women’s National Team (WNT) that will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup. Held August 10-17 in Irvine, Calif., the 17-player roster will look to become the first three-peat U-19 WBSC Women’s Softball World Cup champion.

TC/USA Nationals: How To Watch, Time & Live Stream Info

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2019 will be the eighth year of the TC/USA Nationals event. From July 15-18, FloSoftball will broadcast LIVE at Fowler Park and select fields at Sharon Springs Park.

Kelley Lynch & Bobby Witt Named Gatorade High School Athletes of the Year

Kelley Lynch Exclusive Interview

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LOS ANGELES (Tuesday, July 9, 2019) – Tonight at the 17th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year awards, Kelley Lynch was named the 2019 Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year and Bobby Witt Jr. was named the 2019 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year. Lynch is the first-ever softball player to win the award and Witt, only the third baseball player to win.