Paula Congleton and the University of New Mexico softball team have added another pitcher to the 2019 roster, this time the team inked transfer Bailey Klitzke from Wichita State. Klitzke will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning next season. Last year, she recorded a 7-2 record highlighted by wins over Oklahoma State and Texas and a 3.10 ERA in 26 appearances, primarily in relief. She also recorded 40 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.
"We are very excited to welcome Bailey to our squad," Congleton said in a release. "She brings experience and grit to our pitching staff and brings depth to our lineup. She is a very good athlete that has a great feel for what she can go on the mound."
A mechanical engineering major, she earned the Academic All-American Freshman of the Year award at WSU.
"I chose New Mexico because the coaches are amazing and made me feel at home the moment I came to Albuquerque," Klitzke said in a release. "Coach Congleton is leading the team in the right direction and I can't wait to be a part of a winning tradition."
As it stands, the Lobos have six pitchers on the roster, including three returners from last season, Jensen Main, Alexis Ruel and Marissa Bethke as as well as three newcomers, Klitzke, Kianna Spencer and Kennedy Ferguson.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @goeldfinger.