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TEXAS LONGHORNS SOFTBALL INKS FOUR PLAYERS TO CLASS OF 2018
- Updated: November 14, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas – Alyssa Angel, Kristen Clark, Randel Leahy and Erica Wright have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball at The University of Texas beginning in the spring of 2015, head coach Connie Clark announced Thursday.
“The 2014 class is an exceptional one for us,” Clark said. “With the upcoming graduation of Mandy Ogle, we needed to bring in a catcher who can join Erin Shireman and Taylor King behind the plate. Randel Leahy is one of the top catching prospects in the country. We also strengthen the battery with the addition of Erica Wright and Kristen Clark in the pitching circle who are exceptional in their own right. Alyssa Angel rounds out the class and is versatile, runs well and provides us with a left handed offensive weapon.”
Hometown: La Grange, Texas
High School: La Grange
Club Team: Texas Blaze
Through her first three seasons as a varsity shortstop and outfielder at La Grange High School under head coach Arthur Behrend, Angel has scored 162 runs, driven in 105 RBIs and has stolen 82 bases in 111 career games. Last season as a junior, she hit for an astounding .525 batting average through 141 at bats. Of her 74 hits in 2013, 32 were for extra bases. Angel was named to the Class 3A first team as an outfielder and received honorable mention for her play at shortstop. Angel plays club fastpitch for the Texas Blaze.
Coach Clark on Angel:
“Alyssa is versatile and athletic. She has the ability to be a force in the infield or outfield.”
Hometown: Richmond, Texas
High School: Foster
Club: Texas Firecrackers Gold
In her time as a two-year letterwinner in the circle for Foster High School, Clark has been cited as the District 23-4A Pitcher of the Year in 2012 and 2013. Over the last two seasons, Clark has gathered a 28-1 record with an ERA of 0.67. The Richland, Texas native, who played with current UT freshman Mickenzi Krpec at Foster, will enter her senior season with 256 career strikeouts, while allowing just 16 earned runs on 84 hits and 22 walks (0.63 WHIP) over the last two years at the varsity level. As a junior in 2013, Clark twirled two no-hitters and nine shutouts to help lead the Falcons to the state tournament for the first time in school history. When she is not pitching, she has seen time at first base, where she has turned in a .936 fielding percentage during her high school career. Clark plays club softball for the Texas Firecrackers Gold.
Coach Clark on Clark:
“Kristen is a quiet competitor who can help us inside and outside of the circle.”
Hometown: Norco, Calif.
High School: Santiago
Club: California Lite
In three years as a catcher and an outfielder, Leahy is hitting .358 and has blasted 25 homeruns. Through 95 career games at Santiago High School under John Perez, she has driven in 96 runs. As a junior, Leahy was named a first team catcher on the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Softball Underclass Team. The Norco, Calif. native is also a member of the California Lite fastpitch club.
Coach Clark on Leahy:
“Randel is a strong, athletic catcher who will be a force behind the plate, as well as offensively.”
Hometown: Huntington, Texas
High School: Huntington
Club: Texas Impact Gold
Before coming to play at Texas, Wright will take the circle for her senior year at Huntington High School under her mother/head coach Ruth Wright, as the reigning 2013 District 20-3A Co-MVP. Last season with the Red Devils, the right-handed hurler went 14-5 in the circle with a 0.96 ERA, 278 strikeouts, and 44 walks in 124 innings as a junior. She also put up impressive numbers at the dish, hitting .589 with 13 RBIs. Wright, who was named District 20-3A’s Newcomer of the Year and tabbed as a second team All-State Pitcher, plays club fastpitch for Texas Impact Gold.
Coach Clark on Wright:
“Erica is a competitive and fiery right-handed pitcher with tremendous upside.”