JC Clayton Athlete Profile

#16 JC Clayton

Positions: Shortstop, Second Base Height: 5-5 Roster Years: 2010-2013 Hometown: Hollister, CA Last School: San Benito High School


  • 2012 Easton Second Team


  • Parents are Darrell and Kim
  • Has one brother and one sister
  • Loves country music, horses and soccer
  • Majoring in recreation management with an emphasis in commercial

Before BYU

  • Prepped at San Benito High School
  • TCAL Champions in 07' and 08'
  • CCS Champions all four years
  • Named Tri-County Athletic League Most Valuable Player and All Tri-County Athletic League senior year
  • Named by Cal-Hi Sports to the Overall All-State Second Team senior year
  • Was All Tri-County Athletic League and Cal-Hi Sports Underclass All-State Second Team her junior year
  • Was on the Mission City Invitational All-Tournament Team, All Tri-County Athletic League Team, San Jose Mercury News All Central Coast Section Team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass Second Team her sophomore season
  • Career high batting average of .610 in 2008
  • Played all four years and lettered in soccer
  • Four-year scholar-athlete

2010 | Freshman Year

  • Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year
  • Mountain West All-Conference First Team
  • BYU Softball Offensive Player of the Year
  • Finished first in the MWC in batting average (.430), hits (80) multiple-hit games (23) and on-base percentage (.476); second in runs scored (56) and at bats (186); and third in assists (118)
  • Ended the season on a conference- and team-high 15-game hit streak
  • Batting average of .430 is the third-best and 56 runs scored is fifth-best all-time in the MWC season records
  • Tied for sixth in the MWC season records with 80 hits
  • Had the second-best batting average in BYU season history while also having the fourth-best hit total
  • Hit mark is also a BYU freshman record
  • Had MWC game highs of 4 runs, 3 doubles
  • Was 9th among NCAA tournament competitors with a .647 batting average
  • Had 1 hit in game two of the NCAA Super Regional against Arizona
  • Went 2-for-4 with a double in the first game against Arizona in the NCAA Super Regional
  • Went 4-for-5 in the NCAA Regional championship against East Carolina, adding 2 runs, 1 stolen base and 1 RBI
  • Hit a walk-off sac fly against Texas in the NCAA Regionals, going 2-for-2 with 2 walks, 1 RBI and 1 run
  • Was the only Cougar with more than one hit in the opening game of the NCAA Regional against East Carolina, going 2-for-3... hit 3-for-5, including a triple, at UNLV (5/8) while tying a BYU record with 4 runs
  • Became the second player in BYU history to hit 3 doubles in one game (also tying the NCAA record), doing so against Utah (4/10), earning 2 RBI and scoring 1 run  
  • Had a hit and a run versus No. 8 Arizona State (3/13)
  • Hit a single against No. 8 Arizona State (3/12)
  • Had 1 hit, 1 run and 1 walk at No. 19 Texas A&M (3/5)
  • Had 1 hit against No. 2 Arizona (2/26)
  • Went 2-for-4 against No. 9 Georgia Tech (2/19)
  • Had 1 hit, 1 RBI and 1 walk against San Jose State (2/11) in first game and first start as a Cougar

2011 | Sophomore Year

  • Finished first in the MWC in hits (66), fourth in batting  (.373) and sixth in runs scored (37)
  • Named to the Hawaii Spring Fling All-Tournament team
  • Had 11 hits and 10 runs in 5 games at the Desert Classic 
  • Had 2 hits, 1 run and 1 RBI in final game of the season vs. Washington
  • Hit 2-for-2 with 2 RBI, 1 run, 1 walk and a triple at Colorado State
  • Had 2 hits with 2 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base vs. New Mexico
  • Recorded 3 RBI and 1 hit vs. Southern Utah
  • Went 3-for-3 with 2 runs, a double and a triple, and tied career highs with 3 RBI and 6 total bases vs. Seattle
  • Had a career-high 3 RBI on 2 hits while adding 1 run vs. No. 9 Cal
  • had 2 hits with 1 run and 1 RBI vs. No. 16 Hawaii
  • Hit 3-for-3 vs. No. 9 Cal with 1 run and 1 walk
  • Went 2-for-2 with 1 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base vs. No. 9 UCLA
  • Had 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base vs. No. 6 UCLA
  • Had 1 hit in game one of NCAA Regional vs. Auburn   

2012 | Junior Year

  • Easton Second-Team All-American
  • NFCA All-Region First Team
  • All-WAC First Team
  • Named BYU Offensive Player of the Year by team coaches
  • Only player in the nation ranked in the top-25 in all of the following national categories (final regular season):
    #5 Hits (73)
    #22 Runs scored (50)
    #23 Batting average (.427)
    #25 Triples (4)
  • Finished 4th in hits, 26th in runs scored, 28th in triples, 40th in batting average and 44th in runs per game among all players in the nation
  • Only infielder in the nation with at least a .425 batting average, 70 hits and 50 runs at the end of the regular season
  • Only shortstop in the nation with 73 hits or more in the regular season
  • Only shortstop in the nation with at least 70 hits and 50 runs scored in the regular season
  • Among WAC players, was No. 1 in hits, No. 2 in runs and triples, No. 3 in stolen bases, No. 4 in batting average, No. 5 in assists, No. 7 in on base percentage and No. 10 in total bases
  • Had a 15-game hit streak during BYU’s 15-game win streak through the NCAA Regional, totaling 31 hits overall and batting .638 over that time
  • Part of 28 double plays and 1 triple play for BYU at shortstop this season, the 7th-most double plays by any team in the country
  • First in the WAC in batting average and hits and second in runs scored and triples
  • Since April 1, had a hit in 20 of 22 games, including 13 multi-hit games, to finish out the regular season
  • Led the team with 79 hits, 53 runs and 4 triples
  • Tied a BYU record with 4 runs against Memphis, going 2 for 3 with a triple, 2 walks and a stolen base against the Tigers
  • Played and started in 59 games

2013 | Senior Year

  • Easton Second-Team All-American
  • PCSC Co-Player of the Year
  • PCSC First Team All-Conference
  • PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • Named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
  • Broke the all-time hit record at BYU on day two against USD and ended the season with 302 career hits
  • Set the single-game record for stolen bases at BYU against USD with four
  • Set the all-time stolen base record at BYU with a stolen base against Utah and has 47 on her career
  • One of three BYU softball players ranked in the top 5 in six or more career categories:
    #1 Hits (302), At Bats (759), Stolen Bases (47)
    #2 Batting Average (.398), Triples (9)
    #3 Runs Scored (191)
  • Named Team MVP by the coaches
  • Had a 19-game hitting streak (career-high) from Feb. 8-Mar. 2
  • PCSC Player of the Week (Feb. 21-23, Feb. 24-Mar. 2, Mar. 17-23)
  • College Sports Madness All-Conference First Team
  • Went 8 for 16 in series-sweep against Santa Clara with five runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases
  • Had 24 multi-hit games during the season
  • Hit a perfect 4 for 4 against Saint Mary's on May 3 with a season-high three runs scored and two RBI
  • Started in 56 games of 56 played
  • Led the conference and team in runs scored (45) and hits (77)
  • Was second in the conference in batting average (.381) and stolen bases (17)
  • Suffered a season and career-ending knee injury against Utah in the team's last regular season game