FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 28, 2020
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AUBURN, Ala. – Kaylee Horton, a three-year starter at Ole Miss, will join the Auburn softball program for the 2021 season, head coach Mickey Dean announced today.
Horton was an SEC All-Defensive Team selection in 2019 as she started all 61 games for the Rebels in right field, making just one error on the season for a .971 fielding percentage. She hit .289 as a junior, scoring 31 runs and driving in 28, tying for second in the SEC with five triples. She hit .280 for her three-year career at Ole Miss.
“We are excited to add Kaylee to our roster, as she is someone who has a proven successful career playing in the SEC,” Dean said. “She has versatility playing both the infield and outfield, and is a proven offensive player against the highest level of competition.”
A native of Jasper, Ala., Horton was one of the top base-stealers in the league a year ago, going 23-for-29 on stolen base attempts to rank fourth in the SEC. She also drove in the winning run in Ole Miss’ victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in the regional final to send the Rebels to the Super Regional for the first time in program history.
As a sophomore, she hit .276 to rank fourth on the team while starting 47 games between the outfield and second base. During that season, she had a seven-game hitting streak and was second on the team with 13 multi-hit games. Her freshman season saw her start 49 games at second base, where she hit .270, scored 23 runs and drove in 11 more.
Horton was a five-year letter-winner at Curry High School, leading her team to 4A state titles in 2015 and 2016. She was a MaxPreps and FloSoftball All-American, and a two-time all-state selection as a .613 career hitter in high school.