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Fire Power

Samantha Clakley

Freshman pitcher Samantha Clakley has been a dominant force on the mound for UTA softball. She helped lift the Mavericks to a historic 18-0 start and ranks among the top 25 in national pitching categories. At the mid-season mark, both UTA's and the Sun Belt's lowest ERA belonged to the Carthage native at 0.95, which was 21st in the country. "One thing she has had all along is great composure," says coach Kristie Fox. "You can never see if she's upset or frustrated and that's something that really sets the tone for our entire staff. To do that as a freshman speaks to what kind of future she can have."