September 17, 2019

Buckeyes Add a Pair to 2020 Roster


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Payton Buresch and Avery Clark have joined the Ohio State softball program for the 2020 season. Buresch, a junior transfer from James Madison University, and Clark, a recent graduate from North Union High School, will get their first taste of Buckeye softball during the upcoming fall season.

“Payton is coming to us with quality mound experience and will be expected to jump right in and be a leader for us on the mound this year,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Avery has the potential to be a game changer at the plate for us. She is a gritty player with a ton of power and determination.”

From Downers Grove, Ill., Buresch spent two years in the circle at JMU. The right-handed pitcher was named the Colonial Athletic Association and VaSID Rookie of the Year in 2018. She earned NFCA All-Northeast Region and VaSID All-State first team honors after finishing her freshman season with an 18-5 record and 1.96 ERA. Buresch hurled 153.2 innings, threw five shutouts and fanned 90 batters. As a sophomore, she made 19 appearances, ending the year with a 1.64 ERA and 6-1 record through 47 innings pitched. Buresch earned a team-high three saves and was named to the All-CAA second team.

Clark has roots within the Buckeye program as the younger sister of four-year standout Emily Clark. The Prospect, Ohio native was a four-time All-MOAC and All-District first team performer while playing for North Union. She earned All-Ohio honors in her final three years and was voted District Player of the Year as a senior. During her final season, Clark batted .524 with 59 RBI, 43 hits, 10 home runs and a 1.012 slugging percentage. She also competed for the Ohio Lasers Blue for two years.