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Niki Carver

UTL

Player profile

  • Year Sophomore
  • Hometown Gainesville, Ga.
  • Last School North Hall
  • Position Utility
  • Height 5-8
  • B/T R/R

CAREER HONORS
• Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
• Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2018)
• Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Feb. 12, 2018)
• Easton/NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete (2018)
• OSU Scholar-Athlete

AS A SOPHOMORE (2019)
• Started 41 of the 47 games she played in
• Batted .281, connected on 32 hits and scored 17 runs
• Earned 17 RBI and 10 extra-base hits, including five home runs
• Recorded 207 putouts, 12 assists and a .982 fielding percentage at first base
• Posted 10 games with multiple hits
• In 21 Big Ten games, batted .333 with 18 hits, 14 runs, 12 RBI and four homers
• Went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI versus Utah (2/16)
• Tallied two hits, including a double, against Idaho State (3/9) and Portland State (3/12)
• Came up with two hits at Grand Canyon (3/16)
• Scored a run against No. 22 Indiana (3/23)
• Knocked a solo home run and scored twice against Rutgers (4/6)
• Batted .625 with five hits, three RBI, two runs and 1.125 slugging percentage in doubleheader at Penn State (4/9)
• Was 3-for-4 with two runs, a homer and three RBI in the finale against the Nittany Lions (4/9)
• Connected on a three-run homer and two-run homer in consecutive at-bats in the series finale at Michigan State, driving in a career-high five RBI (4/21)
• Went 2-for-2 with two runs and two walks against Illinois (4/27)
• Had two hits, including a RBI single, and scored a run at Iowa (5/5)

AS A FRESHMAN (2018)
• Started 48 of 49 games she played in
• Batted .257 with 36 hits, 27 runs scored, 18 RBI, six doubles, five home runs and three triples
• Had a .933 fielding percentage, 69 putouts and 70 assists at third base
• Hit .365 with 13 runs scored, three doubles, two triples, three home runs, six RBI and a .673 slugging percentage in Big Ten play.
• Connected on eight hits in 18 at-bats for a .444 batting average and added seven RBI and five runs at the FAU “First Pitch” Classic
• Went 4-for-5 with a career-high three RBI and two runs against FAU
• One of only five athletes to record four hits in a single game as a freshman
• Hit a walk-off single against Louisville (2/16)
• Connected on the first home run at Buckeye Field in 2018 vs. Wisconsin (3/30)
• Was 3-for-5 with two runs and a RBI in a doubleheader vs. Penn State (4/11)
• Batted .571 with four hits, three runs scored, two RBI, a double, triple, home run and 1.429 slugging percentage in three games vs. Michigan State (4/20-4/22)
• Had a .625 batting average, five hits, four runs, two RBI, a double, triple, home run and 1.375 slugging percentage against Maryland (4/27-4/29)
• Had one run and one hit against TTUN (5/6)

PRIOR TO OHIO STATE
• All-region and all-state as a catcher for North Hall High School, leading her team to a regional runner-up finish
• Scholar-athlete
• Played club ball for the Georgia Impact, the ASA 14U and 16U state champions
• Took fifth place at ASA 14U Nationals
• ASA 12U State Champions in 2010-11
• Member of Flo Softball’s Hot 100 list for the Class of 2017
• Primarily played catcher for her high school team but also pitched a perfect game in North Hall’s 8-0 win over Dawson County early during her senior season
• Played her first two seasons at East Jackson High School
• Also a member of North Hall’s basketball team

PERSONAL
• Daughter of Rhonda and Gary Carver
• Has two older brothers – Zach and Jacob
• Worked at the Special Olympics and mentored at a local elementary school, assisting teachers with special education students