It's official: Clay Koelzer returning home to play baseball for the Buffs

West Texas A&M head baseball coach Matt Vanderburg and his staff are excited to welcome Amarillo High School product and Texas Tech transfer Clay Koelzer for the 2019 season. The Buffs are coming off of the best season in program history as they reached the 40-win plateau and hosted the South Central Regional Championship for the first time in school history.

Koelzer spent two seasons at Texas Tech University in Lubbock as the talented catcher was a part of two Red Raider teams that advanced to the NCAA Postseason including a run to Omaha and the College World Series this spring under head coach Tim Tadlock. He hit .180 as a sophomore in 2018 with three doubles and a triple to drive in four RBI for a slugging percentage of .262 while registering 125 putouts and 11 assists behind the plate for a fielding clip of .978.

During his freshman season in Lubbock, Koelzer hit .263 for the Red Raiders with a pair of doubles and four RBI in 38 plate appearances for a slugging percentage of .316 to go along with four walks for an on-base clip of .333. The talented catcher registered 59 putouts and 10 assists behind the dish during his true freshman campaign for a fielding percentage of .972. The Red Raiders finished the past two seasons with an overall record of 90-37 including a 31-17 mark in league play as they claimed a share of the 2017 Big 12 Conference Championship.

Koelzer registered a standout prep career at Amarillo High School under legendary head coach Jeff Timmons. During his senior season in 2017, the three-year starter behind the plate led the Sandies to the Texas Class 6A State Tournament as he hit .454 on the season with 64 hits and five homeruns to drive in 43 RBI to earned First Team All-State honors and being named a Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American.

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