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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



National Honors

  • 2012 NFCA All-Region First Team


All-America

  • 2012 Easton Second Team


Conference Honors

  • 2013 PCSC Co-Player of the Year
  • 2013 PCSC First Team All-Conference
  • 2013 PCSC Commissioner's Honor Roll
  • Named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
  • 2012 All-WAC First Team
  • 2010 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year
  • 2010 Mountain West All-Conference First Team

Career Summary

JC Clayton played a significant role on the team at shortstop in her four years as a Cougar. In 2012, she was named to the Easton All-America Second Team. As a freshman, she was named MWC Freshman of the Year, and as a senior, she was PCSC Co-Player of the Year. Her name is plastered all across the BYU record books. She is first in career at bats and hits, second in career batting average, stolen bases and on-base percentage, and third in career runs, triples and all-time reached base streaks. BYU won conference chamionships and advanced to the NCAA regionals in all four seasons Clayton played. 

Personal

  • 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