Softball


Lauren Gronski
Lauren Gronski
12

Hometown:
Morris, Ill.

High School:
Morris High School

Height:
5-5

Position:
UT

Birthdate:
05/14/1982

Bats/Throws:
R/R

2004 Highlights:
• Hit a two-run home run to provide insurance for Illinois' 3-0 win against Boston University.
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten for second year in a row.
• Had a big hand in both ties in school history, ironically both against Top Ten teams - drove home tying run with a double off All-American Lindsay Chouinard in 1-1 tie with #6 DePaul in 2003, then drove in both runs in 2-2 tie with #4 Oklahoma in LSU Tiger Classic title game this season.

2003 Highlights:
Academic All-Big Ten • Appeared in 17 games, starting seven. • Started five games, from April 27-May 3. • Doubled home the game-tying run in the sixth off of DePaul All-American Lindsay Chouinard. * Had two hits in NCAA Tournament.

2002 Highlights:
• Utility player, was the primary catcher for Illinois when Janna Sartini missed 16 games due to injury from March 3-April 5 • Started a total of 18 games at catcher • Batting average rose 57 points from 2001 to .253 • Batted .349 (15 of 43) after April 2 • Was 6-for-11 (.545) with one double and three RBI in three consecutive games vs. Indiana and Indiana State in mid-April.

2001 Highlights:
• Started 36 games, one game at third base, 35 at designated player • Hit game-winning home run for the Illini in a nine-inning 2-1 win over Wisconsin on April 20 • Batted 2-for-3 and hit first double as an Illini at IUPU-Indianapolis in a 9-0 win on April 17 • Pinch-hitting with two outs in the top of the seventh, Gronski drove in the tying run that helped the Illini to an eventual 3-1 win over Southern Mississippi and advance to finals of the Winthrop Invitational • Drove in game-winning run in 2-1 victory at Indiana on April 29.

High School:
• Batted .372 with 14 doubles and three home runs in 2000 season • 2000 All-Joliet Area First Team • Named to Illinois Coaches Association All-State 1st Team in 1999 • Batted .365 and set IHSA record for doubles with 22 in 1999 • Awarded 1999 all-conference honors from Suburban Prairie Conference • Received co-MVP honors from Joliet Herald-News • Member of 1998 Morris team that reached Elite Eight in state championship • All-conference second team in 1998 • Also lettered in volleyball and basketball • 1999 co-captain and all-conference volleyball player • Played for Cleek Lady Rascals club team 1998, 1999 and 2000 • High school and club coach was Denny Steele.

Personal:
• Born on May 14, 1982 • Parents are Eric and Karen Gronski • D.A.R.E Role Model for two years • Member of National Honor Society • Member of First Christian Church in Morris • Majoring in art education

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