Blank receives all-conference honors … again

Iowa softball shortstop Megan Blank earned her fourth-consecutive First Team All-Big Ten selection on Wednesday. In addition, the California native was named to the league’s All-Defensive Team.

With the first team selection, she becomes the second player in the program’s history to do so four times, joining Kari Knopf (1994-1997).

Starting every game of her career at shortstop, Blank is chasing a myriad of school records as she winds down her career. Already the leader in doubles, Blank’s career batting average is .408 — just shy of Leah Twigg’s .409 set in 1997.

The team’s lone senior might be having her best season at the plate yet, as she’s currently batting .435. At shortstop, her feilding percentage is .960 heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

As the 10th seed in the bracket, the Hawks battle the No. 7 seed Rutgers Scarlett Knights on Thursday night in the first round.

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