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

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Career Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Team Captain
  • 2017 Senior CLASS Award Finalist (1 of 10)
  • First Senior CLASS Award Finalist in Program History
  • 2017 Senior CLASS Award Candidate (1 of 30)
  • 5th-Round Selection in 2017 NPF Draft (No. 25 Overall to Scrap Yard Dawgs)
  • NFCA First-Team All-American (2016)
  • Two-Time First-Team NFCA All-Midwest Region (2015 & 2016)
  • Second-Team NFCA All-Midwest Region (2017)
  • Two-Time First-Team All-Big Ten (2015 & 2016)
  • Two-Time Second-Team All-Big Ten (2014 & 2017)
  • Big Ten Ten Player of the Week (Feb. 15, 2016)
  • 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, 2017)
  • Nebraska Record Holder, Walks in a Game (4 at Northwestern in 2016)

Career Notes
• Started 228 of Nebraska's 229 games at third base in her four-year career
• Her lone missed start was vs. Missouri in 2016 NCAA Regional (sprained ankle)
• First four-time All-Big Ten selection in program history
• First Senior CLASS Award Finalist in the history of Nebraska softball
• Nebraska Record Holder, Walks in a Game (4 at Northwestern in 2016)
• Ended her career ranked 3rd in school history with 186 career RBIs
• Ended her career ranked 3rd in school history with 183 career runs
• Ended her career ranked 3rd in school history with 423 career total bases
• Ended her career ranked 5th in school history with a .357 career batting average
• Ended her career ranked 5th in school history with a .597 career slugging percentage
• Ended her career ranked 5th in school history with 41 career home runs
• Ended her career ranked 5th in school history with 253 career hits
• Ended her career ranked 5th in school history with 81 career extra-base hits
• Ended her career ranked 7th in school history with 101 career walks
• Ended her career ranked 10th in school history with seven career triples
• Only Husker to produce 60 hits, 60 runs & 60 RBIs in a season (2016)
• Only Husker to average 1.0 hit, 1.0 run and 1.0 RBI per game in a season (2016)
• 1 of 2 Huskers to have back-to-back seasons with 50 RBIs (2015 & 2016)
• 1 of 2 Huskers to hit 20 home runs in a season (21 in 2016)
• 1 of 3 Huskers to produce 150 career hits, 150 career runs and 150 career RBIs
• 1 of 3 Huskers to have a 20-game hitting streak (2015)
• 1 of 3 Huskers to total 60 RBIs in a season (2015 & 2016)
• 1 of 4 Huskers to hit .400 in a season (2015)
• 1 of 4 Huskers to produce four 50-hit seasons
• 1 of 5 Huskers to record 80 hits in a season (2015)
• 1 of 7 Huskers to post a .300 batting average all four seasons
• 2nd-fastest Husker to reach 200 hits (173 games)
• 3rd-fastest Husker to reach 100 career hits (92 games)
• 3rd-fastest Husker to reach 100 RBIs (121 games)


Senior Season (2017)

• Earned second-team NFCA All-Midwest Region accolades and second-team All-Big Ten honors
• Became Nebraska's first four-time All-Big Ten Selection
• One of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award
• First Senior CLASS Award finalist in Nebraska softball history
• Started all 53 games at third base and was the only Husker to start every game
• Led Nebraska in hits (51), runs (37), walks (24), on-base percentage (.410) and stolen bases (11)
• Ranked second in RBI (28) and slugging percentage (.506)
• Totaled 12 multi-hit games and six games with multiple RBIs
• Reached base safely in each of her final 21 games
• Drew 15 walks over her final 14 games
• Was 3-for-8 (.375) with a double, homer and three RBIs in sweep of Northwestern
• Went 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs in win over No. 25 Illinois
• Went 5-for-9 with two doubles, two homers, four runs & five RBIs in Rutgers doubleheader
• Was 3-for-5 with a double, homer, two runs and two RBIs in game two
• Went 2-for-4 with a double, homer, two runs and season-high three RBIs in game one
• Had four hits, three runs and two RBIs in three-game sweep at No. 22 Wisconsin
• Went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBIs and three runs in the win over UNO
• Stole a career-high two bases in back-to-back games vs. New Mexico St. and Wichita St.
• Went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI at Wichita State, her second straight three-hit game
• Went 7-for-11 with three doubles, a homer, four RBIs and six runs in New Mexico St. series
• Earned her second career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor for her efforts vs. NMSU
• Went 3-for-4 with a career-high two doubles and two RBIs in series finale
• Totaled four hits and five runs in doubleheader with New Mexico St.
• Went 2-for-3 with double, RBI and season high three runs in game two
• Had two hits and homered in game one
• Hit safely in nine straight games from Feb. 26 to March 11
• Went 10-for-26 (.385) during the streak with two doubles, one homer and two RBIs
• Produced an RBI in back-to-back games at No. 21 Arizona State
• Marked her first RBIs of the season
• Hit her first home run in game two of the three-game series at Arizona State
• Scored the 150th run of her career vs. Oregon State
• Joined Ali Viola and Taylor Edwards as only Huskers with 150 career hits, runs and RBIs
Produced her first multi-hit game with 2-for-4 effort vs. No. 24 Pitt on Feb. 18
Also added her first double of the season vs. the Panthers
Singled and scored two runs vs. No. 13 Washington

 

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
• Ranked 5th nationally in homers, 13th in runs, 19th in RBIs & 23rd in slugging percentage
• Hit 21 home runs, the second-highest total in NU history and the most by a junior
• Had three games with two home runs
• Became the first Husker to total 60 hits, 60 runs and 60 RBIs in a season
• 1 of 9 players nationally with 60 hits, 60 runs and 60 RBIs
• 1 of 8 players nationally who averaged 1.0 hit, 1.0 run and 1.0 RBI per game
• Became the first Husker to average 1.0 hit, 1.0 run and 1.0 RBI per game
• Led the Big Ten with 21 home runs, the fifth-highest total in league history
• Ranked 2nd in slugging, 3rd in runs, RBIs and walks and 5th in on-base percentage
• Ranked 2nd in Nebraska history in home runs, slugging percentage and runs scored
• Also ranked 4th in NU history in RBIs and sixth 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)
• First-team All-Big Ten and first-team all-region selection
• 1 of 6 unanimous All-Big Ten selections
1 of 17 players nationally to post a .400 batting average and 60 RBIs
• 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

2017

.329

53-53

160

37

51

10

1

6

28

24

19

.410

.506

11-16

.940

Total

.357

228-228

709

183

253

33

7

41

186

101

73

.447

.597

32-45

.931

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