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UNM Softball Signs Birkinshaw to 2022 Roster

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— University of New Mexico head softball coach Paula Congleton and staff have added Olivia Birkinshaw to the softball program.

A utility player from Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Birkinshaw attended Mission Viejo High School and played for the Firecrackers Brashear club team.

In her senior year of high school, Birkinshaw played in 17 games with a .233 batting average and a .431 on-base percentage, hitting three home runs and two doubles, and driving in eight runs on 10 hits.

Additionally, Birkinshaw earned Orange County Athletic Directors’ Female Athlete of the Year for the CVAA in 2021 as a dual sport athlete, playing both softball and soccer as a goalkeeper.

“I chose UNM because of the amazing culture and for the opportunity to be a part of a winning program,” Birkinshaw stated.

Birkinshaw is the second signing for the Lobos since the 2021 season ended, joining pitcher Amber Linton.