NU Softball BIO
Marjani Knighten
Player Profile:
Marjani Knighten 1301337
Position: Infielder
Height: 5'5"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Buena Park, Calif.
High School: Sunny Hills
Club: Corona Angels

Career Honors & Awards

  • First-Team NFCA All-Midwest Region (2015)
  • First-Team All-Big Ten (2015)
  • Second-Team All-Big Ten (2014)
  • Two-Time Big Ten Freshman of the Week
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2014)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2015)

2015 Season Highlights

  • First-Team All-Midwest Region selection
  • First-Team All-Big Ten selection
  • 1 of 6 unanimous All-Big Ten selections
  • Started all 58 games at third base
  • Has started 120 consecutive games at third base, a streak totaling every game of her career dating back to the 2014 season opener
  • Owned 25 multi-hit games and 16 games with multiple RBIs
  • 1 of 4 Huskers to produce 50 hits, 50 runs and 50 RBIs in a season
  • Became the 10th Husker to produce 100 hits prior to her junior season
  • Became the seventh Husker to produce 50 hits as both a freshman and a sophomore
  • Leads the Big Ten with 82 hits
  • 1 of 5 Huskers to produce 80 hits in a season
  • 1 of 3 Huskers to produce 60 RBIs in a season
  • Totaled the fourth-most hits in school history
  • Totaled the fourth-most RBIs in school history
  • Totaled the fifth-highest batting average in school history
  • Score the eighth-most runs in school history
  • Totaled the 10th-most triples in school history
  • Went 3-for-4 with three RBIs vs. Texas Southern in the NCAA Tournament
  • Went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs vs. Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament semifinal
  • Averaged more than one hit, one run and one RBI per game in Big Ten play
  • Produced a 21-game hitting streak from March 11 through April 12, producing 40 hits in the 21 games
  • Was the third-longest hitting streak in school history
  • Hit safely in eight straight games after her 21-game hitting streak was snapped
  • Produced her 23rd multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 effort vs. Illinois on May 2
  • Went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs and four RBIs at Wisconsin in game one of an April 25 doubleheader
  • Produced her third straight two-hit game with a 2-for-3 effort, a stolen base and two runs scored vs. Creighton on April 21
  • Went 5-for-12 with a double and three RBIs in the Huskers' series victory over Northwestern April 17-19
  • Went 5-for-9 with three runs and four RBIs in a three-game series at Purdue April 10-12
  • Went 3-for-4 in game two vs. the Boilermakers with a home run and three RBIs
  • Went 5-for-11 in a three-game series at Ohio State April 4 and 5
  • Went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in game three
  • Was 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs in game two
  • Went 5-for-8 in a doubleheader with North Dakota State on March 31
  • Went 4-for-7 with two doubles,a  grand slam, four runs and five RBIs in a doubleheader at Iowa on March 25
  • In game two vs. the Hawkeyes, went 3-for-4 with a double, a grand slam, a walk, a stolen base, three runs and four RBIs
  • Went 8-for-12 with three runs and four RBIs in Nebraska's sweep of Michigan State March 20-22
  • Went 4-for-4 in game two vs. the Spartans
  • Hit .529 in five games the week of March 11-14 with two doubles, two homers and nine RBIs
  • Went 2-for-4 with three RBIs vs. DePaul on March 14
  • Enjoyed a career day vs. Charleston Southern on March 13
  • Finished 3-for-3 against CSU with one double, two homers, three runs and five RBIs
  • Set career highs in RBIs, runs and home runs, producing her first career multi-homer game
  • Went 2-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI to begin her big week against UNO on March 11
  • Went 2-for-4 with two RBIs vs. South Dakota on March 7
  • The next day against the Coyotes, finished 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and a stolen base
  • Went 7-for-14 (.500) with two triples, three runs and six RBIs at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic
  • Went 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs against Oregon State on Feb. 22
  • Produced a career-high four hits vs. the Beavers
  • Finished 2-for-4 vs. No. 10 Tennessee on Feb. 21
  • Had a three-run triple vs. San Diego State on Feb. 20
  • Produced her first multi-hit effort with a 3-for-4 day against UTSA on Feb. 8
  • Scored seven runs in Nebraska's five games the opening weekend

Freshman Season [2014]
MJ Knighten started all 62 games at third base as a freshman, making an immediate impact on a Husker program that has recorded two straight top-10 national finishes. One of the Big Ten’s top freshmen, Knighten was recognized as a second-team All-Big Ten selection. She was one of only three freshmen to earn All-Big Ten accolades along with Minnesota’s Sara Groenewegen and Michigan’s Megan Betsa, both of whom were among the 10 finalists for national freshman of the year. Knighten was the only freshman position player named to an All-Big Ten team in 2014, and she was the first Husker freshman third baseman to be an all-conference selection since two-time All-American Tobin Echo-Hawk in 1993.

In her rookie campaign, Knighten hit .311 with eight doubles, two triples, six homers and 38 RBIs. Her 38 RBIs tied for the sixth-highest freshman total in school history, while her six home runs tied for eighth among all freshmen in Husker history. Knighten’s 16 extra-base hits also ranked in the top 10 on Nebraska’s all-time freshman chart, while she became just the fourth Husker freshman since 2000 to finish with a .300 average. She also drew 21 walks and stole six bases, while tallying 15 multi-hit games and 12 multi-RBI efforts.

Knighten earned all-conference accolades after batting .364 with three homers and 19 RBIs during Big Ten play. She totaled more walks (10) than strikeouts (9) in conference action, posting a .462 on-base percentage. Knighten also excelled in the postseason, going 8-for-24 (.333) in the NCAA Tournament with a homer and four RBIs, including 7-for-16 (.438) in the NCAA Columbia (Mo.) Regional.

Knighten’s career got off to a hot start as she went 2-for-2 with a double in her debut against UTEP and hit .400 in the opening weekend. She produced her first two RBIs against Houston the next weekend, and her first career home run came at No. 13 Oklahoma on March 1. She added her second home run in her home debut against Iowa State on March 19 before homering against another ranked opponent at No. 23 Northwestern on March 30. Arguably her biggest hit of the year came on May 2 against Indiana, when she delivered a two-run triple that erased a 1-0 deficit with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning. That proved to be the game-winning RBI, and the Huskers went on to sweep the Hoosiers to earn a share of the Big Ten regular-season title.

Knighten was honored as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week in back-to-back weeks in April. She earned her first award on April 7 following a 7-for-13 (.538) performance in four games the previous week. A strong performance in a three-game series at Illinois powered Knighten to the honor, as she had at least one hit, one run and one RBI in all three games, finishing 6-for-10 in the series with a homer and six RBIs. The following week, Knighten went 6-for-12 (.500), producing four walks, three runs, two RBIs and one double. She was 4-for-7 (.571) in a three-game series with Iowa with a .700 on-base percentage.

Before Nebraska
One of the top recruits in Southern California, Knighten capped her prep career by earning second-team All-America honors from MaxPreps as a senior, one of only 19 infielders nationally to earn All-America recognition from the organization.

Named one of Orange County’s top 25 players, Knighten was a four-time all-league selection for Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Calif. A three-time All-Orange County honoree, Knighten was named the Lancers’ player of the year as a sophomore, junior and senior, and she was the school’s overall athlete of the year as a senior. Additional honors from her senior season included a selection as the Freeway League Player of the Year and spots on the Cal-Hi Sports first-team all-state squad for medium-size schools and the Orange County Coaches All-Star team. Knighten also earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section honors as a junior and a nod as the Freeway League’s best player. Knighten was selected to play for Orange County in the Orange County vs. Riverside County All-Star Game following her senior year.

Knighten owned a .456 (171-for-375) career batting average with 30 doubles, eight triples, 28 home runs, 81 RBIs and 123 runs scored. She also boasted an .803 career slugging percentage and .501 on-base percentage.

As a senior in 2013, Knighten batted .478 (55-for-115) with 12 doubles, two triples, nine homers and 30 RBIs. She led Sunny Hills in hits, triples, home runs and runs (42). Knighten helped the Lancers finish 21-9 and advance to the CIF Southern Section championship game. Knighten produced 19 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI efforts in only 30 games. She drove in a season-high six runs against Cerritos and then slugged two doubles and one home run while producing four RBIs in her next game against Gahr. Knighten went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs against Buena Park on April 25. Overall, Knighten hit safely in 27 of Sunny Hills’ 30 games. She was twice named a Cal-Hi Sports Softball State Stat Star as a senior in addition to earning all-state and All-America honors.

As a junior in 2012, Knighten batted .512 (44-for-86) with nine doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, 22 RBIs and 31 runs scored. She led the Lancers in nearly every offensive category, including slugging percentage (1.070) and on-base percentage (.553). She went 5-for-5 with three home runs, one double and four RBIs in a 16-1 victory over Fullerton on May 8, earning her a nod as a Cal-Hi Sports Softball State Stat Star.

In her sophomore season, Knighten hit a team-best .494 (43-for-87) with four doubles, two triples, three home runs, 15 RBIs and 29 runs scored. She also posted team-best totals of a .690 slugging percentage and a .531 on-base percentage.

Knighten burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2010, when she was named a top softball underclassman and one of the 10 best freshmen by the Orange County Register. Knighten batted .333 (29-for-87) with team-high totals of five doubles, five home runs, one triple, 21 runs scored and a .586 slugging percentage. She also ranked second on the team with a .389 on-base percentage and was third with 14 RBIs.

In club ball, Knighten enjoyed an outstanding career for the Corona Angels. The sixth Angel to sign with NU over the past five years, Knighten also attended the same high school as former Husker and Angel Julie Brechtel, who played at Nebraska from 2008 to 2011. Knighten won a 12-and-under national championship with the Angels in 2008, while finishing second at the 2010 14-and-under ASA National Championship. Individually, Knighten attended the OnDeck National Elite Futures Camp in both 2009 and 2010.

Marjani Knighten was born in Gardena, Calif., on June 18, 1995. The daughter of Kenny and Marci Knighten, MJ has two sisters, Briyana and Shay, and one brother, Marquis. Kenny Knighten played baseball at USC. MJ has not declared a major. She earned a spot on the Fall 2014 Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. Knighten was named to the 2015 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.

































































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