The University of New Mexico softball program added a sixth player to its 2019 class on Tuesday with the signing of infielder Maggie Buckholz out of Salem, Oregon. Buckholz is a four-time All-American and was twice named softball athlete of the year.
"I am really excited about Maggie joining this recruiting class," Coach Paula Congleton said in a release. "She brings power, speed and athleticism to our program. She has played in excellent travel ball programs with great coaches. Maggie is not only an outstanding athlete, she is an outstanding student. We are looking forward to seeing her take a leadership role and contributing to our team in the coming years.”
She played her high school softball at Silverton High School, and competed with a club team as well, playing in four ASA Oregon Softball State Championships. In her final three seasons of club play, 210 games in total, she is hitting .550 with 30 home runs, 252 RBI and 70 stolen bases.
Buckholz had a decorated prep career as well, setting numerous single season records during a standout junior season, including games played, batting average, runs scored, RBI, hits, singles, doubles, stolen bases and slugging percentage.
"I wanted to attend a school that offered outstanding opportunities both in athletics and academics. The softball program at UNM has a lot of upcoming potential and I believe that together we can achieve greatness," Buckholz said in a release.
She says that she hopes to become a pediatric nurse, and will be a pre-nursing student when she enrolls at UNM in the fall. She is the sixth member overall of the 2019 class, and the second infielder.
Cameron Goeldner is a sports beat reporter and photographer for the Daily Lobo. He primarily covers men’s soccer, softball and the Albuquerque Isotopes, but also contributes content for baseball, basketball, football and track and field. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @goeldfinger.