AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2019
Opening Day starter as designated hitter at Concordia Irvine (2/1) ... Triton Athletes' Council (TAC) team representative.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2018
CCAA All-Academic ... 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 season as one of four catchers on roster.
Played for local Dove Tail Bats of Western Baseball Association (WBA) during 2018 summer ... Played for OC Giants of Connie Mack League during 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 2014 CIF Southern Section Division 3 championship game at Dodger Stadium on June 6, 2014 ... 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 12th-round selection (No. 378) of Colorado Rockies in 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 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ... International studies-international business major with accounting minor at Sixth College ... Considering going to graduate school and becoming an accountant or investment banker after earning his UC San Diego degree, which he expects to complete in March ... Most memorable baseball moment is going to 2018 NCAA Championship ... Favorite UC San Diego moment is coming back from 7-1 deficit to win 8-7 at Azusa Pacific in 2018 West Region finals ... Enjoys bodysurfing, golfing and video games ... Roots for New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and New York Rangers ... Favorite athlete is J.J. Watt ... Top movie is Interstellar ... Listens to Quinn XCII, Zac Brown Band and Chance the Rapper ... Loves sushi ... Also loves to cook.
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)