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    Amanda Grote

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Brenham, Texas

    High School:
    Brenham HS

    Last College:
    Blinn College

    Height:
    5-10

    Position:
    1B/SS

    Birthdate:
    02/21/1986

    Experience:
    1L

    Bats-Throws:
    R-R

    Amanda Grote

    04/01/2007

    Houston 6, UAB 0 (photos by Stephen Pinchback)

    Cougars blank the Blazers to secure a series sweep and improve to 11-1 in Conference USA play.

    Honors at Houston
    2006-07 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll

    2008 Season (Senior)

    2007 Season (Junior)
    Saw action in 57 games, making 55 starts at three different positions on the Houston infield ... most of her starts came at first base but tallied 10 starts at shortstop for an injured Jessica Valis at the end of the season ... notched a .258 batting average to go along with two home runs and 12 RBIs ... went 2-for-3 in her Cougar debut against Ole Miss (Feb. 9) ... was 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI-double against Indiana (Feb. 17) ... turned in a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI-single in game two against No. 4 Texas A&M (March 7) ... went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in the middle game of the Tulsa series (March 17) ... belted her first career home run, a grand slam in the second inning of a CSTV nationally-televised game against UAB (April 1) ... ignited a pair of fifth-inning rallies against UTEP (April 6 & 7) ... cranked a solo shot in game one of the series and knocked a pair of leadoff singles in the series finale against the Miners that led to four and five run frames ... was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI against UCF (April 22) ... hit safely in all three games of the Marshall series (May 5-6), including a pair of multi-hit efforts to start the series ... went 1-for-3 and scored game's only run in C-USA Championship game against East Carolina (May 12) ... registered a hit in last three games of the NCAA College Station Regional, including a 3-for-3 performance against No. 7 Texas A&M (May 20).

    Before Houston
    Transferred to Houston after playing two seasons at Blinn College ... hit .382 and paced her squad with 43 RBIs in 2006 ... garnered NFAA All-America Third-Team honors ... selected to the NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team and NJCAA Region 14 squad ... strong academically, being named to the National Scholars Honor Society, National Dean's List, NFCA All-Midwest Region Academic Team and a NJCAA Collegiate All-America Scholar.

    High School
    Played under Wade Wilson at Brenham High School ... four-time All-District selection from 2001-04 in addition to All-State honors in 2002 and 2004 ... named 2001 and 2002 All-Brazos Valley ... notched NFCA All-Region Second-Team accolades in 2003 and 2004 ... named District Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 ... current Cougars Katie Bush and Candi Kloecker were high school teammates ... also lettered in volleyball and cheerleading ... was a three-year All-District selection in volleyball as an outside hitter ... member of the National Honor Society.

    Personal
    Daughter of Judy and late Alex Grote ... born on Feb. 21, 1986 ... intends to major in kinesiology ... other schools that recruited Grote were Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State, UTEP and Rutgers.

    About Me
    Personality Trait I Admire in Others: Being trustworthy.
    Phobias: Spiders and Roaches.
    A Talent Most People Don't Know I Have: I love to tumble.
    TV Shows I Stay Home to Watch: CSI, Without a Trace and Reba
    Favorite Movies: Love & Basketball
    Worst Movie: The Ringer
    Person I Admire Most: Alex, Judy and William Grote - All for different reasons.
    Favorite Book: Bleachers (John Grisham)
    Worst Book: The Killer Angles (Michael Shaara)
    Dream Lunch Companions: Mary Lou Retton and Grandpa Grote
    Favorite Food: CHOCOLATE!
    Childhood Hero: Mary Lou Retton
    Dream Vacation Destination: Disney World
    Quote: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

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