Claire Nicholson


Player profile

  • Year Junior
  • Hometown Mt. Gilead, Ohio
  • Last School River Valley
  • Position Catcher
  • Height 5-6
  • B/T R/R

• Big Ten All-Defensive Team (2019)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2019)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete

• Appeared in 50 games with 48 starts at catcher
• Tallied 26 hits, 19 RBI, 14 walks, 12 runs, four doubles and four home runs
• Caught 24 runners stealing to lead the Big Ten
• Recorded 278 putouts and 39 assists while committing just one error for a .997 fielding rate from behind home plate
• In Big Ten games only, caught 11 runners stealing, which tied for first in the conference, recorded 123 putouts and a .993 fielding percentage
• Knocked the first home run of her career at UCF (2/9)
• Recorded 22 putouts while catching during the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament (2/8-9)
• Went 4-for-4 and with two runs and a RBI versus Seattle (3/8)
• Tallied two hits, three RBI and a run against Idaho State (3/9)
• Drove in two runs on a bases-loaded walk and single at Portland State (3/12)
• Connected on a two-run homer against Lehigh (3/16)
• Belted a two-shot dinger in an 8-0 five-inning win over Rutgers (4/7)
• Came away with two hits and one run at Penn State (4/9)
• Put the Buckeyes on the board with a two-shot home run against No. 21/18 Michigan (4/13)
• Drove in a run at Iowa on a RBI double (5/5)

• Appeared in eight games with one start
• Earned her first career start at catcher vs. Northern Illinois and had five putouts (2/10)
• Had her first career hit at Loyola Marymount (3/13)

• Three-time first team all-district and four-time first team all-conference selection while in high school
• Second team All-Ohio selection as a junior in 2016 when she hit .596 with 42 RBI, 32 runs scored and 15 doubles
• Went 18-for-27 (.667) with 23 RBI, 12 runs scored and seven doubles in a six-game season-opening span during her senior year
• All-Star Player of the Year by the Marion Star and Fahey Bank Female Athlete of the Month for April
• Led her team in batting in each of her four years at River Valley High School
• Team captain
• River Valley advanced to the district finals in 2016
• Hit .447 and drove in 40 runs as a freshman in 2014
• In the summer of 2016, played club ball for the Lasers and took second as ASA nationals
• A year earlier, was a member of the Bandits team that was second at PGF nationals

• Daughter of Todd and Heather Nicholson
• Has two siblings – Emma and Caden
• Was active in 4-H activities growing up, including showing animals at the county and state fair
• Lists her greatest sports thrill as making it to two separate national championship games while playing summer ball