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MJ Knighten
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MJ Knighten 1301337
Position: Infielder
Height: 5'5"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Buena Park, Calif.
High School: Sunny Hills
Club: Corona Angels
Major: Broadcasting

Career Game-by-Game Stats (through 2016)
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Career Honors & Awards

  • NFCA First-Team All-American (2016)
  • Two-Time First-Team NFCA All-Midwest Region (2015 & 2016)
  • Two-Time First-Team All-Big Ten (2015 & 2016)
  • Big Ten Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 15, 2016)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Two-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week (2014)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)
  • Nebraska Record Holder, Walks in a Game (4 at Northwestern in 2016)

 

Junior Season (2016)

  • Earned first-team all-conference, all-region and All-America honors
  • Became Nebraska's 16th All-American and seventh first-team All-American
  • Started 55 of Nebraska's 56 games, missing one game due to injury
  • All 55 starts came at third base
  • Totaled 20 multiple hit games and 17 games with multiple RBIs
  • Became the first Husker to total 60 hits, 60 runs and 60 RBIs in a season
  • Became the first Husker to total 50 hits, 50 runs and 50 RBIs in back-to-back seasons
  • Became the second Husker to total 200 hits before her senior season
  • Became the second Husker to have back-to-back 50-RBI seasons
  • Became the fourth Husker to score 50 runs in back-to-back seasons
  • Became the fourth Husker to reach 100 career hits, runs and RBIs prior to her senior year
  • Became the fifth Husker to total 50 hits as a freshman, sophomore and junior
  • Became the second Husker to hit 20 home runs in a season
  • Set a Nebraska junior class record with 21 home runs
  • Ranks 2nd nationally in homers, 11th in runs, 15th in RBIs & slugging percentage
  • 1 of 13 players nationally with 50 hits, 50 runs & 50 RBIs
  • 1 of 8 players nationally averaging more than 1.0 hit, run & RBI per game
  • Ranks 1st in Big Ten in homers, 2nd in SLG%, 3rd in RBIs, runs & walks, 6th in OB%
  • Ranked 2nd in Nebraska single-season history with 21 homers
  • Also ranked 2nd in slugging percentage & runs, 4th in RBIs, 6th in walks
  • Totaled three hits in three starts at the NCAA Regional despite an ankle injury
  • Had two hits, including a 7th-inning walk-off single vs. Louisville in NCAA Regional
  • Hit a walk-off three-run homer in game three of the Wisconsin series
  • Walk-off homer came in the ninth inning with Nebraska down two
  • Went 3-for-5 with two homers & 5 RBIs in game two vs. Purdue
  • Had three hits, including a two-run homer in game two at Minnesota
  • Tied a school record with four walks in game three at Northwestern
  • Hit her 17th home run of the season in game two of the Iowa doubleheader
  • Was 7-for-14 with a double, homer, five runs and nine RBIs in the Maryland series
  • Finished 3-for-5 with three runs and five RBIs in the final game at Maryland
  • Tied her career high in runs and RBIs in game three at Maryland
  • Went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs in game two of the series
  • Drew a walk in 10 straight games from March 12-26, totaling 17 walks
  • Reached base in all four plate appearances (1B, 3 BB) in game two of Illini series
  • Hit three homers and drew nine walks in six games the week of March 14
  • Had four hits, three RBIs and six runs scored at the Louisville Slugger Invitational
  • Doubled, homered and drove in two in upset of No. 9 James Madison
  • Had four hits, three homers and six RBIs in the Wichita State series
  • Produced second two-homer game of the year in game one vs. Wichita State
  • Hit a game-tying homer in the fifth and a walk-off two-run shot in the seventh
  • Doubled, homered and drove in two runs vs. San Diego State
  • Went 2-for-3 with a home run in Nebraska's upset of No. 7 Oregon
  • Went 3-for-4 with the game-winning RBI at NC State on Feb. 19
  • Hit her sixth home run and had two hits in a rematch the next day
  • Named Big Ten Player of the Week following the UNI-Dome Classic
  • Went 12-for-19 (.632) with five homers and 14 RBIs in five games at the classic
  • Had three hits and four RBIs in season opener at Northern Iowa
  • Hit a game-winning three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning
  • The homer pushed her over the 100-RBI milestone in her career
  • Posted second career multi-homer game with two home runs vs. Green Bay
  • Tied her career high with five RBIs vs. Green Bay
  • Tied her career high with three runs vs. Drake and Green Bay
  • Recorded her 150th career hit with an RBI double vs. Saint Louis


Sophomore Season (2015)
• 1 of 17 players nationally to post a .400 batting average and 60 RBIs
• 1 of 6 unanimous All-Big Ten selections
• 1 of 4 Huskers to produce 50 hits, 50 runs and 50 RBIs in a season
• Became the third Husker to produce 60 RBIs in a season
• Became the fifth Husker to produce 80 hits in a season
• Became the seventh Husker to produce 50 hits as a freshman and sophomore
• Became the 10th Husker to produce 100 hits prior to her senior season
• Became the third-fastest Husker to reach 100 hits (92 games)
• Started all 58 games at third base,
• Increased her streak to 120 consecutive starts
• Totaled the fourth-most hits (82) and RBIs (60) in school history
• Produced the fifth-highest batting average in school history (.412)
• Scored the eighth-most runs in school history (53)
• Recorded the 10th-most triples in school history (4)
• Ranked second in the Big Ten in hits (82)
• Led Nebraska with 25 multi-hit games and 17 games with multiple RBIs
• Had 10 games with three or more hits, including two four-hit games
• Batted .475 in Big Ten play with 25 runs scored and 31 RBIs
• .475 average was the second-highest conference average in school history
• Averaged more than one hit, one run and one RBI per game in Big Ten play
• Ranked eighth in Big Ten history with 38 hits in conference play
• Produced a 21-game hitting streak from March 11 through April 12a
• The streak was the third-longest in school history
• Became only the third Husker to have a hitting streak reach 20 games
• Totaled 40 hits in the 21-game hitting streak
• Went 5-for-9 with three runs and four RBIs in a three-game series at Purdue
• Was 4-for-7 with two doubles, a grand slam and five RBIs in Iowa doubleheader
• Went 8-for-12 with four RBIs in NU’s three-game sweep of Michigan State
• Recorded 100th career hit vs. No. 12 Minnesota
• Hit two home runs vs. Charleston Southern in her first multi-homer game
• Went 7-for-14 with two triples and six RBIs at the Mary Nutter Classic
• Produced a career-high four hits vs. Oregon State

 

Freshman Season (2014)
• Only freshman position player to be an All-Big Ten selection
• 1 of 3 freshmen to earn All-Big Ten honors
• First NU freshman third baseman to earn all-conference honors since 1993
• Started all 62 games at third base, the only freshman to start every game
• 38 RBIs tied for the sixth-highest freshman total in school history
• Six home runs tied for the eighth-highest freshman total in school history
• Totaled 15 multi-hit games and 12 games with multiple RBIs
• Hit .364 with three homers and 19 RBIs in conference play
• Hit .333 (8-for-24) with a homer and four RBIs in the NCAA Tournament
• Hit her first career home run at No. 13 Oklahoma
• Two-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
• Earned first award after going 7-for-13 the previous week
• Earned second honor after going 6-for-10 with a homer and six RBIs in three games at Illinois


Before Nebraska (Sunny Hills High School)
• MaxPreps second-team All-American as a senior
• Named one of Orange County’s top 25 players
• Three-time all-county and four-time all-league pick
• Three-time Sunny Hills Player of the Year
• Two-time Freeway League Player of the Year
• .456 career average
• Played her travel ball for the Corona Angels

 

Personal
• Broadcasting major
• Born on June 18, 1995
• Daughter of Kenny and Marci Knighten
• Kenny played baseball at USC
• Has two sisters, Briyana and Shay
• Shay is a freshman infielder at Oklahoma
• Has one brother, Marquis

 

Year

Avg.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

OB%

SLG%

SB-ATT

FLD%

2014

.311

62-62

180

32

56

8

2

6

38

21

23

.395

.478

6-10

.895

2015

.412

58-58

199

53

82

7

4

8

60

17

16

.466

.608

8-10

.953

2016

.376

55-55

170

61

64

8

0

21

60

39

15

.509

.794

7-9

.937

Total

.368

175-175

549

146

202

23

6

35

158

77

54

.458

.623

21-29

.928

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