Knief turns in 17th multi-hit performance on the season
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (2014)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014)
All-Big Ten second team honoree ... Started all 49 games for the Nittany Lions ... Led the team and placed in the top-10 all-time in batting average (.372; fourth), hits (58; fifth), runs scored (37; second), triples (6; first), slugging percentage (.512; seventh) and on base percentage (.446; seventh) ... Scored a program-best four runs in the season opener against Oregon State (2/7) ... Three runs scored at Michigan State (4/6) and against Rutgers (3/14) ... 17 multi-hit games, a team-best ... Posted a trio of hits at Michigan State (4/6) and Florida Atlantic (2/22), and against Bucknell (4/16) ... Team-long 12-game hit streak from 4/2-4/19, during which she scored 13 runs ... Recorded at least one hit in 11-straight games from 2/17-3/15 ... First career homer bombed at Michigan State (4/6), adding a double and triple for a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort ... 3-for-3 with two RBI and a double at Florida Atlantic (2/22) ... Against Bucknell (4/16), batted .750 (3-for-4) with two runs scored, an RBI and a triple ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Made 26 starts in 38 appearances in the infield and as a pinch runner ... Carried a batting average of .224 and an on-base percentage of .344 ... Scored 11 runs and collected three RBIs ... Went 1-for-1 with a single and two walks, scoring once, vs. UMKC (2/17) ... Posted a 3-for-4 effort vs. Iowa State (2/24), scoring twice ... Scored a run and drove in a runner with a double vs. Longwood (3/3) ... Scored twice vs. Toledo (3/9) with one single and two walks ... Singled and scored in back-to-back games vs. Arizona (3/15) and Texas (3/15) ... Crossed home plate once vs. Michigan (3/29) as a pinch runner ... Tallied one run and drove a runner in at Indiana (4/6).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Named All-League, All-County and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11 at Ramsey while playing for head coach Chris Caserta ... Named Female Athlete of the Year 2009-10 ... Named All-State 2010-11 and MVP of Ramsey 2010-11, coached by Chris Caserta ... Led county in 2011 with a .598 batting average ... Named team captain for 2012 season ... Played summer ball for Team LI Gold coached by Nike Galati ... Four year letterwinner in soccer, earning 2011 Bergen Record Female Soccer Player of the Year, All-League (2008-11), All-County (2010-11) and Suburban News Player of the Year (2009-11) honors.
Full name is Lexis Anne Knief ... Born March 22, 1994, in Ridgewood, N.J. ... Parents are Cathi and Karl Knief ... Has a twin sister named Ashley and two siblings, Kris and Brett ... Brett played baseball four years at Florida State ... Majoring in broadcast journalism with a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation.
WHY I CHOSE PENN STATE
"I chose Penn state because it is one of the best academic institutions in the country and because of the legacy that it holds."