Shay

Knighten

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#17

Infield
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Buena Park, Calif.
High School: Sunny Hills HS

Bio

Season AVG GP GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG BB HBP SO OBP SB SBA FLD%
2016 .397 60 56 179 48 71 10 0 13 62 .670 17 1 23 .449 9 12 .976
2017 .358 70 69 212 49 76 13 0 11 70 .575 28 3 16 .435 9 10 .986
2018 .353 53 53 150 27 53 6 1 8 29 .567 17 3 18 .424 4 5 .993
TOTAL .370 183 178 541 124 200 29 1 32 161 .604 62 7 57 .437 22 27 .986

Career
Selected Most Outstanding Player at 2017 WCWS and named to 2016 and 2017 WCWS All-Tournament Team ... named a 2016 and 2017 NFCA Second Team All-American ... 2016 and 2017 First Team All-Region selection and 2018 Second Team selection ... 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year ... 2016, 2017 and 2018 All-Big 12 First Team honoree ... Named to the 2018 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team ... placed on 2017 and 2018 USA Softball Top 50 Preseason Watch List ... ranked No. 11 on ESPNW's 2017 Preseason Top 25 Players Countdown ... one of three finalists for 2016 NFCA Freshman of the Year ... 2016 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and All-Big 12 Freshman Team selection ... three-time Big 12 Player of the Week (5/2/17, 4/11/17, 4/19/16)

Record Book
Finished the 2018 season ranked fourth in OU history in career batting average (.370) and tenth in slugging (.604)

2018 (Junior) 
Started 53 games (51 at first base, two as designated player) … Totaled 14 games with multiple hits and seven games with multiple RBIs … Registered first career triple in the season opener against Weber State (2/9) … Went 4-for-4, matching a career-high in hits, at Grand Canyon (2/9) … Drove in four runs and scored three against BYU (2/23) … Hit her second career grand slam against Texas (4/27) … Homered four times in five games from April 21-May 2 … Registered three consecutive doubles from May 5-12 … Went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored in the NCAA Norman Regional championship game against Missouri (5/20) … Homered in the NCAA Super Regional opener against Arkansas (5/25).

2017 (Sophomore)
Played in all 70 games with 69 starts (68 at 1B, 1 at DP) ... led the team in RBI ... putout total tied for sixth in OU history (460), RBI total (70) ranked seventh and tied for 10th with three sac flies ... finished seventh in the country in RBI (70), 23rd in hits (76), 29th in RBI per game (1.00) and 40th in total bases (122) ... hit 6 HR in a five-game stretch from April 28-May 5 ... drove in at least one run in 14 straight games from 3/18-4/15 (21 RBI in that span) ... career-best 12-game hitting streak covered every game of the postseason ... at the WCWS, hit .350 with eight RBI ... hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the 17th inning vs. Florida in Game One of the WCWS Championship Series and followed with a go-ahead three-run double in Game Two (6/5-6) ... also had a go-ahed two-run single vs. Oregon at the WCWS (6/4) ... led the team with a .500 average during the Auburn Super Regional ... hit 438 (7-16) with 6 RBI in the Norman Regional ... hit 4 HR in the series at Texas Tech and was 6-11 (.545) with 7 runs and 10 RBI ... was 5-8 at Texas with 2 runs, a 2B, a HR, 5 RBI and 3 walks; .727 OBP, 1.125 SLG ... slashed .600/.615/.700 at the OU Tournament with 4 runs, 3 RBI, 2 BB and a SB ... blasted first career grand slam in run-rule win over UCLA (2/24) ... went 8-14 (.571) at the Houston Classic with 4 runs scored and 6 runs batted in ... set career high in hits by going 4-4 with 4 RBI against Ole Miss (2/17)

 

2016 (Freshman)
Played in 60 games with 56 starts (35 at 1B, 11 at 2B, 7 at DP, 2 in RF, 1 in LF) ... led the team in average, home runs, RBI and slugging ... became the first freshman to lead the team in batting average since 2010 ... finished 20th in the country with 62 RBI ... was 9-19 (.474) during the WCWS with 2 homers and 8 RBI ... blasted a walk-off, three-run homer to beat Alabama in the WCWS (6/2) ... tied a season high in hits by going 3-3 with 4 RBI, including a 3-run double in the NCAA Regional against Ole Miss (5/21) ... drove in 4 runs, including a 3-run homer, matched a season high with 3 hits and stole a career-high 2 bases in game one of a DH against Texas (4/15) ... hit a walk-off, 2-run home run to beat No. 6 Alabama (3/19) ... had the first multi-homer game of her career with 2 homers and 4 RBI vs. No. 2 Michigan (2/26) ... went 3-4 with 3 runs scored, 5 RBI, a SB, a 2B and her first career HR at New Mexico State (2/19)

High School
Has earned three letters under head coach Art Jarman ... named the No. 5 player in FullCount Softball's Top 100 in Oct. of 2014 and the No. 4 player in Student Sports Softball's Top 100 in Jan. of 2014 ... team co-captain from 2012-14 ... as a junior, named First-Team All-State Underclass by CalHiSports in 2014 as she led her team to a conference championship, hitting .436 with 27 runs scored, 14 RBI and five home runs ... also named Second-Team All-County and Top 10 Orange County Players by OC Sidelines and Third-Team All-County and Top 10 Orange County Players by O.C. Register ... also named First-Team All-League and team MVP as a junior ... in her sophomore season, helped lead team to division finals and conference title ... was named Second-Team All-County and one of the Top Five Sophomores by the O.C. Register, First-Team All-Freeway League and won the team's batting title ... as a freshman, chosen as a Top 15 Freshman by the O.C. Register, First-Team All-Freeway League and the Sunny Hills Varsity Softball Rookie of the Year

Travel Ball
Played for the Corona Angels in Corona, Calif., under Marty Tyson ... was a finalist at the 2014 18U Premier Girls Fastpitch National Championship ... claimed titles at the 2014 18U Triple Crown/USA National Championships, 2014 18U ASA Champions Cup and 2014 18U Louisville Slugger Independence Day Tournament

Personal
Full name is Marshaylee Knighten ... daughter of Kenny and Marci Knighten … has two sisters, Briayna and Marjani, and one brother, Marquis ... father, Kenny, played baseball at USC ... sister, Marjani, played softball at Nebraska and was an All-American in 2016 ... chose OU over Cal, Nebraska, Washington and UCLA ... undecided on a major

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