Senior shortstop becomes the 8th player in program history to play professionally
Earns 4th straight NFCA award, becomes 3rd in program history to 4-peat
Blank breaks four records, ends career ranked in 10 statistical categories
Starkenburg pitches gem, Hoffman delivers game-winning hit for Iowa
UI Softball is on a roll in the post season with nothing to lose
Illinois 12, Iowa 7 Sunday, April 5, 2015
Illinois 15, Iowa 7 Saturday, April 4, 2015
The Hawkeyes defeat Ohio State 3-2 on Senior Day to give Head Coach Marla Looper her 100th win
The Hawkeyes fall to the UNI Panthers 9-8 in Iowa City
Michigan State at Iowa Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hawk Items... Has played and started every game of her collegiate career at shortstop (154-of-154)... three-time NFCA All-Midwest Region selection and first team All-Big Ten pick... named to the Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball Player of the Year and to the All-Big Ten Defensive Team in 2014... invited to the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp in 2014 -- one of 32 athletes and one of six sophomores... career average is .398 entering her senior season, which is second all-time... led Iowa in batting average (.361), slugging percentage (.602), on-base percentage (.452), walks (21), hits (48), doubles (11) and RBIs (25) as a junior... four-time Big Ten weekly award winner (Player of the Week twice, Freshman of the Week twice)... heading into her senior season, Blank ranks second in career batting average (.398), sixth in career doubles (43), eighth in career home runs (18), ninth in career RBI (113) and 10th in career triples (10).
2014 as a Junior... NFCA Second Team All-Midwest Region selection... First Team All-Big Ten and All-Defensive Team pick... named to the Top 50 Watch List for USA Softball Player of the Year... eighth player all-time to receive First Team All-Big Ten recognition three times... played and started every game of the season at shortstop (47-of-47)... led Iowa in batting average (.361), slugging percentage (.602), on-base percentage (.452), walks (21), hits (48), doubles (11) and RBIs (25)... in Big Ten, Blank ended the season eighth in fielding double plays (11), ninth in triples (3), 12th in slugging percentage (.602) and on-base percentage (.452)... compiled the longest hitting streak (9) and reached base streak (14)... ended the season with a seven-game reached base streak... had a team-most 13 multiple-hit games (nine two-hit contests and four three-hit games) and six multiple RBI games (one 4-RBI games, three 3-RBI games and two 2-RBI games)... hit a pair of home runs in the sixth inning against UNI on April 30 to match her career-high... matched her career-high with two doubles against Ohio State on May 4... drove in a season-high four runs and went 2-for-3 with a triple at Illinois on March 22... knocked in three runs against Wisconsin on March 29, Northwestern on April 5 and UNI on April 30... was perfect at the plate twice; at Iowa State (1-for-1 with a home run and two walks) and against Ohio State (3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk)... stole a career-high two bases at Wisconsin on March 30... ends her junior season ranked second in career batting average (.398), sixth in career doubles (43), eighth in career home runs (18), ninth in career RBI (113) and 10th in career triples (10)... letterwinner.
2013 as a Sophomore... NFCA First Team All-Midwest region selection... First Team All-Big Ten selection... named a third team All-American and first team all-conference honoree by College Sports Madness... hit .437, setting Iowa's single season batting average record -- 10th highest average in Big Ten history... started all 54 games at shortstop and in the three-spot in the lineup... hit .420 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 23 games against teams selected for the NCAA Tournament, registering a .500 on-base percentage and an .826 slugging percentage... ranked 18th nationally in batting average (.437), 19th in RBIs per game (1.09), and 35th in slugging percentage (.766)... averaged .72 runs per game, 1.28 hits per game and .21 home runs per game... third in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in RBIs (59 total, 1.09 per game) -- figure is second most in a season in program history... led Iowa with 11 home runs (total ranks third at Iowa in a single season)... reached base in 39 of the last 40 games, including 22-of-23 league games... hit safely in all but eight games... posted 19 multi-hit games and 19 multiple-RBI contests (11 2-RBI games, four 3-RBI games, three 4-RBI games, one 5-RBI game)... named Big Ten Player of the Week twice... named Big Ten Player of the Week on April 15, after reaching base in all 14 plate appearances while leading the Hawkeyes to a series victory at Northwestern -- finished a perfect 4-for-4 when Northwestern chose to pitch to her, compiling a solo home run, a triple, two singles, three runs and three RBIs... she garnered eight walks and two hit-by-pitches... added a stolen base to go along with a 2.250 slugging percentage... named Big Ten Player of the Week on March 4 after hitting .429 in her home state, leading Iowa to wins against No. 15 Stanford (7-6), No. 24 Oregon State (9-3), Cal State Fullerton (7-0) and CSU Bakersfield (5-3), March 1-2 -- recorded at least one RBI in every game, recording eight in all, and scored five runs... finished 6-for-8 (.750) in series at No. 9 Michigan (Apr. 20-Apr. 21), with two home runs, two doubles, four RBIs, 14 total bases, three runs and three walks... notched first multi-home run game at No. 9 Michigan (Apr. 21), equaling a career-high four hits (4-for-4) and notching four RBIs... in series opening 12-7 win on April 12 at Northwestern, tied a personal and school record with four walks... named to the 2013 Lovelace Invitational All-Tournament Team, leading Iowa to the team title... a unanimous selection, hit .400 with two runs scored, six hits, three RBIs, one home run, and a walk... tallied the game-winning long ball in Iowa's victory against Oklahoma State on Feb. 15... named a Primetime Performer by CollegeSoftball360 for her performance in Iowa's opening weekend tournament -- the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic... posted a career-best five RBIs in win against No. 11 Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 9)... finished third in league assists (145)... finished second in the Big Ten with a .437 batting average, third in RBIs (59), slugging percentage (.766) and on-base percentage (.552), fourth with 15 doubles, sixth with 121 total bases, seventh with 35 walks and ninth with 11 home runs... letterwinner.
2012 as a Freshman... NFCA Second Team All-Midwest region selection... first team All-Big Ten honoree... first team All-Big Ten by College Sports Madness... two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree... started all 53 games at shortstop... one of three Hawkeyes to start every game... led the team with a .390 (60-of-154) batting average with 34 runs and 29 RBIs... had a team-best 24 extra base hits with 17 doubles, five triples and two home runs... the 17 doubles are tied for fourth in the Iowa record books, the triples are tied for eighth and the batting average is tied for 10th... led the team with 25 walks and ranked second with 93 total bases... struck out 12 times in 154 at-bats... went 5-of-8 on the base paths... hit .375 (32-of-84) in Big Ten play with 21 runs scored... had a .971 fielding percentage in conference play... was second on the team with 18 multi-hit games and third with four multi-RBI games... reached base safely in 44-of-53 games and had at least one hit in 39-of-53 contests... had a 10-game hitting streak from March 3 through March 21... also had a nine, seven and five game hitting streak... ranked 14th nationally in triples (5) and 16th in doubles (.32) and triples (.09) per game... ranked first in the Big Ten in triples (5), second in doubles (17), tied for second in fielding double plays (15), third in batting average (.390), fifth in on-base percentage (.481), sixth in slugging percentage (.604), eighth in total bases (93), and 12th in hits (60)... batted .468 (22-of-47) in 17 games against NCAA Regional teams... had at least one hit in 15-of-17 games with six doubles, two triples, 12 RBIs and nine runs scored... earned Co-Big Ten Freshman of the Week and Getterman Classic All-Tournament team honors after batting .583 with six runs and two steals... tied an Iowa record with four walks in her first career game against Wichita State (2/10)... went 3-for-3 with a run and RBI against Texas-Arlington (2/11) and 2-for-3 with two runs vs. Belmont (2/12)... batted .533 (8-of-15) at the Littlewood Classic... went 3-for-3 with two doubles and her first career home run in the 7-5 win over Central Michigan (2/18)... went 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI in the 26-5 rout of Iowa State (2/18)... had a pair of hits (2-for-3) with a double, RBI and run scored against No. 8 Oklahoma (3/3)... went 2-for-3 against Long Beach State (3/13) and 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs against No. 3 Washington (3/15)... batted .400 (4-of-10) with a double and two triples in Iowa's three-game sweep over Illinois (3/31-4/1)... went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI in game two... hit .667 (4-of-6) in the three-game series at Northwestern (4/7-8) with five RBIs and four runs, which led to her earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors... walked five times and was hit by a pitch in the series... reached base safely in nine consecutive at-bats -- in final at-bat against Drake (4/4) through the doubleheader at Northwestern (4/7)... hit .455 (5-of-11) with three runs and three RBIs against Nebraska (4/14-15)... went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in the opener and went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in the finale... hit her second home run of the season at Iowa State (4/18)... hit .364 with four hits in the three-game sweep of Michigan State (4/21-22)... went 2-for-4 in the opener and 2-for-3 with a run and RBI in game two... hit her fifth triple and had a pair of RBIs in the doubleheader split against Northern Iowa (4/26)... batted .444 (4-of-9) with three runs and two RBIs against Indiana... three of her four hits were doubles... went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in game two at Ohio State (5/5)... letterwinner.
High School... Second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) all-region selection... four-time all-CIF pick, including first team honors as a sophomore, junior and senior... named league MVP as a freshman and junior... team MVP as a senior... three-time team co-captain... batted above .500 in every prep season (.578 as a freshman, .517 as a sophomore, .578 as a junior and .545 as a senior)... played for the ASA-affiliated 18Gold Strike Force and the 16U Victory USA teams that compete in the ASA Gold National tournaments... Strike Force placed ninth at nationals in 2011.
Personal... Born July 7, 1993... daughter of James and Marcia Blank... has one older brother, JD... father, James, was born and raised in Iowa City, while her mother, grandfathers, great grandfather, and some aunts and uncles are UI alums... sport management major with minors in psychology and sports studies.
Runs Scored: 3, 2X, last vs. Indiana, 4/29/12
Hits: 4, 2X, last at Michigan, 4/21/13
Doubles: 2, 3X last vs. Ohio State, 5/4/14
Triples: 1, 10X, last at Wisconsin, 3/29/14
Home Runs: 2, 2X last vs. UNI, 4/30/14
RBI: 5 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, 2/9/13
Stolen Bases: 2 at Wisconsin, 3/30/14