Mac Barbara Season 2023

ClassRedshirt Sophomore
HometownLong Beach, Calif.
Previous SchoolOle Miss

Through 2024 season
One of the best hitters in program history … Can change the game with one swing of the bat … Can hit for power and average … Also has a good eye … Shows good speed … Can play a variety of positions.
SDSU Career Rankings (after the 2023 season): 1st in on-base percentage (.481), 1st in OPS percentage (1.221), 2nd in slugging percentage (.740), 3rd in batting average (.378), 5th in home runs (31), 8th in extra-base hits (56), T-9th in RBIs (106), 10th in walks (67)
* 2024 Mountain West Tournament MVP
* 2024 Mountain West All-Tournament Team
* 2023 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
* 2022 NFCA Third Team All-American
* Three-time First Team All-NFCA West Region (2022-24)
* 2022 Mountain West Player of the Year
* 2024 Mountain West Co-Player of the Year
* Three-time All-Mountain West First Team (2022-24)
* Four-time Mountain West Player of the Week (March 22, 2022, Feb. 21, 2023, April 18, 2023 and May 6, 2024)
Named the Mountain West (Co-)Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons and also earned a spot on the All-Mountain West First Team… Became the first player in school history to make an All-Region team three times when she was selected to the NFCA All-West Region First Team for the third straight year… Started 49 of 51 games with 36 starts coming at first base and the other 13 at designated player… Led the team with a .380 batting average (52-for-137) with eight doubles (2nd on team), a triple, 14 home runs (led team), 49 RBIs (led team) and 33 runs (2nd on team)… Also led the team with 36 walks, a .759 slugging percentage and 236 putouts while reaching base at a .508 clip… Made just one error all season for a .996 fielding percentage… Placed first on the Aztecs with 15 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI games while finishing second with five multi-run games… Also finished ahead of all her teammates in game-tying RBIs (5), go-ahead RBIs (10) and game-winning RBIs (4) … In a four-game stretch from Feb. 10-16, tallied multiple RBIs in every game, totaling two homers, four singles, three runs scored, ten RBIs and three walks… Belted a three-run home in a 3-2 win over Missouri on Feb. 22… Reached base in all four plate appearances against Grand Canyon on March 8, finishing with a grand slam, two singles, a walk and three runs scored… Hit a two-run single, an additional single and walked against Utah State on March 15… In the second game of a doubleheader at New Mexico on April 3, hit a grand slam and a solo home run… In a three game series at San Jose State (April 12-14), tallied two doubles, two singles, three RBIs, three runs scored and two walks… Moved to the leadoff spot in the lineup for the May 3 game at UNLV and finished the last two games of the regular season going 6-for-8 with two home runs, two doubles, two singles, five RBIs and four runs scored as the Aztecs won the Mountain West Championship and Barbara was named Mountain West Player of the Week on May 6… She kept the hot streak going in the Mountain West Tournament, where she homered in three of her first four at-bats to break the single-tournament home run record and tie the single-game and career home run records… Across the three games, Barbara went 5-for-8 with three home runs, two singles, six RBIs, four runs scored and two walks to make the All-Tournament Team and win Tournament MVP.

SDSU Single-Season Rankings (after the 2023 season): 6th in walks (30), T-8th in home runs (13), 9th in on-base percentage (.469), 9th in slugging percentage (.673), 9th in total bases (107), 10th in OPS percentage (1.142), T-10th in extra-base hits (23)
NCAA Rankings: T-70th in home runs (13), 83rd in on-base percentage (.469), 85th in slugging percentage (.673), T-89th in walks (30), T-95th in total bases (107)
Followed up her breakout 2022 season with another good 2023 campaign … Started out the season on the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List … Was a first-team all-NFCA All-American for a second straight season and made her second straight all-Mountain West first team … Batted .358 (57-for-159) with 13 home runs, 45 RBIs, 34 runs, nine doubles, a triple and 33 walks, while slugging .673 with a .469 on-base mark … Stole seven bases in eight tries … Committed just one error in 156 chances on the season, mainly starting at first base … Led SDSU in home runs (13), total bases (107), slugging percentage (.673) and on-base percentage (.469) … Starting 55 of the team’s 56 games, including 27 as the designated player, 22 at first base and six at catcher … Racked up 11 multi-RBI games (third on team) and 16 multi-hit contests (T-3rd on team) … Was even better in Mountain West play, hitting .459 (28-for-61) with eight home runs, 24 RBIs and 18 runs, drawing 14 walks with a .902 slugging percentage and a .564 on-base percentage … Had a pair of eight-game hitting streaks … Had eight straight games with a run from April 1-15 … Was 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBIs and three runs against Colorado State on March 18 … Was 3-for-4 with two homers, five RBIs and three runs at Utah State on April 6.

SDSU Single-Season Rankings (after the 2022 season): 2nd in RBIs (61), 3rd in total bases (138), T-3rd in home runs (18), T-3rd in extra-base hits (33), 4th in on-base percentage (.493), 4th in slugging percentage (.802), 4th in OPS percentage (1.295), T-4th in walks (34), T-6th in doubles (14), 7th in batting average (.395), 8th in hits (68)
NCAA Rankings: T-16th in RBIs (61), 18th in total bases (138), 25th in slugging percentage (.802), T-28th in home runs (18), 51st in on-base percentage (.493), 61st in batting average (.395), T-72nd in doubles (14)

Named a third-team NFCA All-American, first-team all-NFCA West Region selection, the Mountain West Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year as a redshirt freshman ... During the 2022 campaign she hit .395 (68-for-172) with 18 home runs, 61 RBIs, 32 runs, 14 doubles and a triple for a .802 slugging percentage and a .493 on-base mark … Reached base safely in 40 consecutive games from Feb. 17 - May 6, which was the longest streak in the country in 2022 and set a program record … Finished the season tied for 14th in the country in RBIs (61), 16th in total bases (138), 26th in slugging percentage (.802) and tied for 28th in home runs (18) … Among the Aztec single-season leaders, Barbara ranked second in RBIs (61) in 2022, third in total bases (138), tied for third in home runs (18) and extra-base hits (33), fourth in on-base percentage (.493), slugging percentage (.802) and OPS percentage (1.295), tied for fourth in walks (34), tied for sixth in doubles (14), seventh in batting average (.395) and eighth in hits (68) … Had at least two RBI in 17 games in 2022 … Starred in the Tempe Regional where she went 6-15 on the weekend (.400) with three home runs and five RBI … Committed only two errors and recorded 100 putouts for a fielding percentage of .981 … Had a total of eight stolen bases … Went 5-5 with eight RBI, two home runs, a double and a triple in the series against Colorado State March 19-20 … Went 6-12 (.500) with three RBI in the series at UNLV April 8-10 … Recorded a season high of 11 putouts in a game against UC San Diego on April 20.

OLE MISS (2020-21)
Spent the past two seasons at Ole Miss ... Played in 16 games with four starts, batting .105 (2-for-19) for an RBI ... Was 1-for-4 (.250) with an RBI in 2021 before leaving to play for the Italian National Team ... Was 1-for-15 (.067) with a run and a walk in 12 games (four starts) in 2020 for the season was cut short because of COVID.

Led the So Cal Choppers 14U travel team to the TC National Championship in Reno, Nevada … Choppers were also Co-1DT Champions.

Earned three letters at Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, California, after spending one year at Long Beach Wilson High School in Long Beach, California ... Earned first team all-state honors during junior season … Selected as the league player of the year all four years … During freshman season, batted .466, with an OBP of .583 and a fielding percentage of .966 … Registered 34 hits and eight home runs in just 28 games … As a sophomore at Saint Joseph HS, tallied 21 hits with nine extra base hits and 18 RBIs … As a junior, batted .554 with an OBP of .605, registering 41 hits with 42 RBIs while racking up 11 homers, six doubles and a pair of triples … Her 11 home runs were the second most in the state during junior season ... During her senior season, she batted .455 with nine home runs, six doubles, a triple and 24 RBIs ... Tied for fourth most home runs in the state as a senior ... Helped her team capture the 2017 Del Rey League Championship with a record of 20-10 and 10-2 in the league … SJHS was also a CIF Div. 3 Semifinalist in 2017.

McKenzie Catherine Barbara was born Sept. 20, 2001 ... Daughter of Don and Corrie Barbara ... Her sister, Madison Barbara, plays soccer at West Alabama … Father, Don, played minor leagues for the Angels, Dodgers, Red Sox and Brewers … Uncle, Dan Barbara, played in the minor leagues in the Mariners organization... Majoring in health communication.