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Nittany Lion junior selected Third Team for All-Great Lakes Region
Knief breaks season hit record; Penn State faces top-seed Michigan on Friday
Nittany Lion juniors selected for Second Team by conference coaches
Penn State meets Maryland at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday
Nittany Lions take on Terrapins at 2:30 pm on Thursday
NFCA All-GREAT LAKES REGION THIRD TEAM (2015)
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (2014, 2015)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2014)
2015 (JUNIOR YEAR)
Third Team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region…Second Team All-Big Ten... Set the Nittany Lion single-season record for hits with 75… .417 average (75-for-180) placed Knief third on the single-season list at Penn State… Third in the Big Ten in hits and first with 39 knocks in conference games… Tied for fourth in the Big Ten in batting average… Appeared in 53 games, including 52 starts in center field... 37 runs, 14 doubles, four triples, 20 RBI and a stolen base... 26 multi-hit games this season, including six games with three or more hits… 16 games with an extra base hit … 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Arkansas (Feb. 6) and Fordham (Feb. 27)… 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI at Missouri State (Feb. 14)… 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI vs. No. 20 Missouri (Feb. 27)… 2-for-4 with a run and a triple at Sacramento State (Mar. 14)… 3-for-5 with a double vs. Northwestern (Mar. 21)… Two hits, a run and a triple vs. Northwestern (Mar. 22)… 2-for-3 with three runs, a double and an RBI at Michigan State (Mar. 28)… 4-for-5 with three runs, a double and an RBI at Wisconsin (Apr. 3)… 3-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI vs. Ohio State (Apr. 15)… 3-for-4 with two doubles, a single and two RBI at Maryland (Apr. 19)… 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI vs. Rutgers (Apr. 25)… 2-for-5, including a walk-off single vs. Rutgers (Apr. 26)… 2-for-3 with a triple and the go-ahead run at Pitt (Apr. 28)… 4-for-4 with three runs and an RBI in the Big Ten Tournament vs. Maryland (May 7).
2014 (SOPHOMORE YEAR)
All-Big Ten second team honoree ... Started all 49 games for the Nittany Lions ... Led the team and placed in the Penn State single season 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 (Feb. 7) ... Had three runs scored at Michigan State (Apr. 6) and against Rutgers (Mar. 14) ... 17 multi-hit games, a team-best ... Posted a trio of hits at Michigan State (Apr. 6), at Florida Atlantic (Feb. 22) and against Bucknell (Apr. 16) ... Team-long 12-game hit streak from Apr. 2-19, during which she scored 13 runs ... Recorded at least one hit in 11-straight games from Feb. 17-Mar. 15 ... Hit first career homer at Michigan State (Apr. 6), adding a double and triple for a 3-for-4, three-RBI effort ... Was 3-for-3 with two RBI and a double at Florida Atlantic (Feb. 22) ... Against Bucknell (Apr. 16), batted .750 (3-for-4) with two runs scored, an RBI and a triple ... All-Big Ten Second Team member and given Academic All-Big Ten Honors.
2013 (FRESHMAN YEAR)
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 (Feb. 17) ... Posted a 3-for-4 effort vs. Iowa State (Feb. 24), scoring twice ... Scored and notched an RBI with a double vs. Longwood (Mar. 3) ... Drove one run in vs. Loyola (Chicago) (Mar. 6) ... Scored twice vs. Toledo (3/9) with one single and two walks ... Singled and scored in back-to-back games vs. Arizona (Mar. 15) and Texas (3/15) ... Crossed home plate once vs. Michigan (Mar. 29) as a pinch runner ... Scored at Michigan State (Apr. 3) ... Tallied one run and sent a runner in at Indiana (Apr. 6).
BEFORE PENN STATE
Named All-League, All-County and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11 ... 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, named Bergen Record Female Soccer Player of the Year in 2011 ... Named to the All-League squad from 2008-11 ... Earned All-County (3/6) 2010-11 and Suburban News Player of the Year 2009-11 ... Named MVP for 2010 squad while leading Bergen County with 27 goals scored ... Helped lead Ramsey to the 2011 Big North League, N.J. State Sectional & N.J. Group II State titles.
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.
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