AJ Native Transfers from Wichita State
University of New Mexico softball coach Paula Congleton announced the addition of transfer pitcher Bailey Klitzke, a native of Apache Junction, to the 2019 roster. Klitzke comes to UNM from Wichita State, where she played two seasons.
Klitzke will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
“We are very excited to welcome Bailey to our squad,” Congleton said. “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.”
As a sophomore at Wichita State, Klitzke had wins over Oklahoma State and Texas finishing with a 7-2 record. In addition to her solid performance on the field, Klitzke is also a stellar academic performer as the mechanical engineering major earned Academic All-American Freshman of the Year at WSU. She is also a seven-time Scholar Athlete honoree.
Last season at WSU, Klitzke posted a 3.10 ERA in 26 appearances including a pair of starts. She also finished second on the team in strikeouts with 40 in 49.2 innings pitched.
Klitzke competed for Desert Ridge High School in Gilbert, where she was a four-year varsity starter for the Jaguars. She was also a four-time All-Division team, four-time All-Section team and four-time All-District team selection and also finished her career the all-time wins leader (54) in Desert Ridge program history. She ended her high school career with a 2.13 ERA in 502.1 innings pitched, 688 total strikeouts, and a .952 fielding percentage.
At the club level, Klitzke also competed with the Killer Bees in Mesa, Ariz., and Firecrackers AZ. While competing with her club squads, she helped her team to a top-10 finish in TCS Nationals in Reno. Other honors for Klitzke include leading her section with a .535 batting average as a junior and helping her teams reach the state tournament all four years.
“I chose New Mexico because the coaches are amazing and made me feel at home the moment I came to Albuquerque,” Klitzke said. “Coach Congleton is leading the team in the right direction and I can’t wait to be a part of a winning tradition.”