Kayla Grutz

#3 Kayla Grutz

Pos. OF
Ht. 5'10"
Yr. Sr.
Hometown Bellevue, Iowa
High School (Prev. School) Bellevue

2007: Transitioned to the outfield last season after two years in the circle ... appeared in 30 games, including three starts ... served mostly as a pinch-runner ... scored eight runs and stole four bases on the season ... scored a run in three straight games March 8-9 ... scored in five of her first seven appearances ... smacked first career hit March 6 vs. Georgetown ... scored runs in conference play against UMKC, Southern Utah and Centenary ... named to Mid-Con All-Academic team ... a member of the Mid-Con Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence ... named an NFCA Scholar-Athlete.

2006: Saw action in the circle seven times for the Crusaders, including one start May 6 against UMKC ... pitched an inning and one-third of scoreless ball March 6 vs. Yale ... also appeared in 14 games as a pinch-runner for Valpo ... scored five runs in her role off the bench ... crossed the plate three times in the four-game series April 8-9 at IUPUI ... named to Mid-Con All-Academic team.

2005: Made 18 appearances in the circle including one start as a freshman ... named an NFCA Scholar Athlete ... made first career start March 11 vs. Nebraska and twirled a complete game against the Cornhuskers ... pitched an inning and two-thirds March 25 at Centenary without allowing a run ... tossed two scoreless innings April 26 against Saint Joseph's (Ind.) ... pinch-ran April 15 against Southern Utah and scored a run in the Crusaders' win.

Prep: A five-year letterwinner for the Comets ... First Team All-State selection ... earned All-Big East Conference honors four times and picked up the league's Most Valuable Player award as a junior ... three-time All-District and All-Area performer ... led team to five consecutive district championships and a conference title in 2003 ... holds school records for strikeouts in a season (442) and a career (1,276) ... went 124-28 over her five year prep career ... member of National Honor Society ... also lettered in track, cross country, basketball and volleyball ... was an All-State qualifier in cross country.

Personal: Kayla is the daughter of Jack and Sally Grutz ... major is psychology ... born July 30, 1986.