Aldrete is a Monterey, California native.
The statement read, in full; "After much consideration, I have decided to leave the University of Tennessee. The last few months have been emotionally challenging for me as I have coped with the passing of my best friend. I have decided to move to a school closer to my home and family. I am grateful for my time at Tennessee and the memories I shared with my friends and teammates."
In the same released statement, Karen Weekly said "Annie has decided that being close to home and receiving family support was what she needed most at this time in her life. Losing your best friend is an incredibly difficult thing for a young person to go through, and our team supported her in every way we could. We appreciate everything she did for Tennessee softball and wish her the best."
The Knoxville News Sentinel noted the friend mentioned was Aldrete's high school teammate Fatima Larios, who was found dead on January 31st. An autopsy revealed Larios' cause of death to be asphyxia caused by hanging.
The loss of Aldrete leaves a big hole to fill for Tennessee, both offensively and defensively. She hit thirty-four home runs in her first two seasons and contributed with 110 runs batted in. Her career batting average sits at .331; she has only made seven errors in the field to date, including five in 2015 while catching a young pitching staff. She shared the National Freshman of the Year award in 2014 as a co-winner and was named to the All-American second team the same season.
Sources have told Justin's World that the Cal Golden Bears are the likely landing spot for Aldrete, though the team has not confirmed the report.