AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2018
CCAA Spring All-Academic ... Appeared in 47 games ... Of 25 starts, 15 came in left field and 10 as designated hitter ... Produced seven doubles, two triples and six home runs ... Final plate appearance resulted in pinch-hit, two-out solo home run to center to go back to back with Nick Kitzmann and pull team to within one run, 7-6, in eighth inning of West Regional finals at Azusa Pacific (5/21), with designated home team Tritons walking off 8-7 winners in ninth for second straight West crown.
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2017
Appeared in just seven games, with four starts as designated hitter and one at first base over first two weekends, before suffering season-ending injury in Hayward ... Made college debut as Opening Day starter at designated hitter vs. Concordia (OR) (2/3), providing first career hit and stolen base in going 1-for-3 with a walk ... Went 2-for-5 with first run, first RBI and another steal to begin doubleheader the next day.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2016
Redshirted the season as one of four catchers on the roster.
Played for the local Dove Tail Bats of the Western Baseball Association (WBA) during the 2018 summer ... Played for the OC Giants of the Connie Mack League during the 2016 summer.
A 2015 graduate of Palm Desert High School ... All-Desert Valley League (DVL) Second Team as a senior ... Team's Defensive MVP in 2013 ... Two-time Coaches' Award (2012, 2015) ... Helped guide Aztecs to three straight DVL titles from 2013-15, and the 2014 CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship game ... Batted .385 as a junior with 25 hits and .494 on-base percentage ... Batted .377 as a senior with .505 OBP and team-leading 17 walks ... Also competed in basketball as a freshman.
Born Sept. 2 in Rancho Mirage ... Parents are Jeff and Sharon Schuknecht ... Has two older brothers named David and John ... David was the 12th-round selection (No. 378) of the Colorado Rockies in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as a catcher out of Palm Desert High School, prior to stops, in order, at Arizona (redshirt year in 2012 with labrum injury as Wildcats won national title), Riverside City College (2013), UC Santa Barbara (2014) and back to RCC (2015) ... John played baseball at Cal Poly before being drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and is currently in their minor-league system ... International studies-international business major with accounting minor at Sixth College ... Considering going to graduate school or becoming a teacher after earning his UC San Diego degree ... Most memorable moment in baseball is playing in CIF title game at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2014 ... Enjoys video games, fishing, golfing and bodyboarding ... Roots for the New York Yankees and Rangers, and Dallas Cowboys ... Favorite athlete is Yankee catching great Jorge Posada ... Top movie is Interstellar ... Listens to Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker and Rebelution ... Loves grilled cheese ... Parents and brothers are greatest influences ... Claims that Full House is his favorite television show.
CAREER HITTING HIGHS (current through 2018 season)
At Bats: 5, 6 times (last 4/28/18 at Cal State LA-1)
Runs: 2, 7 times (last 4/28/18 at Cal State LA-1)
Hits: 3, 4/14/18 vs. Stanislaus State-1
Doubles: 2, 4/14/18 vs. Stanislaus State-1
Triples: 1, 2 times (last 3/31/18 vs. Cal State East Bay)
Home Runs: 1, 6 times (last 5/21/18 at Azusa Pacific)
RBI: 5, 4/21/18 at Cal State San Bernardino-1
Walks: 2, 2 times (last 5/3/18 at Cal State San Marcos)
Stolen Bases: 1, 3 times (last 3/29/18 vs. Cal State East Bay)
CAREER HITTING STATISTICS (current through 2018 season)