April 2015

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156 And in four seasons, her consecutive-start string is intact. "She earns it every day," Looper said. "at's one thing we talk about in our program: you come to practice every day and you earn your opportunities and she has done that. She has proven that she is an anchor for our program." In Iowa's 2-0 win against Florida A&M on March 1, Blank went 1-for 2 with a double, walk, and two runs scored. She followed that with a five- game run at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California, where she batted .533 (8-of-15) with two doubles, home run, and four RBIs. During Iowa's 6-4 win at No. 4 Michigan on March 29, Blank was f-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. She had three putouts, three assists, and no errors. Validating her all-around skills, Blank has a .952 fielding percentage for her career and was named to the All-Big Ten Defensive Team as a junior. "I attribute that to when I was little I would grab a tennis ball and throw it against a garage door for hours on end," Blank said. "I was out there for as long as I could, until my parents yelled at me to come inside. at is what I did for fun. It is a lot of fun to make some pretty cool plays." Blank is majoring in sport management with minors in psychology and sport studies. If a career with a National Pro Fastpitch team isn't in the works, she would like to play soball in Europe. Aer soball, Blank would like to coach.

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