Looper Signs First Recruit

Nov. 12, 2010

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of Iowa head softball coach Marla Looper announced today that Megan Blank has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Iowa next fall. Blank is the first recruit to sign under Looper and the new Hawkeye coaching staff.

“We are excited to have Megan join the Hawkeye family,” Looper said. “She will give us depth on the left side of the plate as well as in the infield. She has some big shoes to fill at shortstop, but I feel she has the ability to do that.”

Blank is a shortstop from Culver, City, Calif., and attends Marymount High School. She is a second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) all-Region selection and a three-time all-CIF pick, including first team honors as a sophomore and junior. Blank is also a three-time all-league honoree and was named league MVP as a freshman and junior. She is a three-time team co-captain for her high school team.

Blank has batted over .500 in her first three seasons at Marymount High School (.578 as a freshman, .517 as a sophomore and .512 as a junior). She enters her senior season with 11 home runs, 76 RBI, 118 runs scored and 102 stolen bases.

Blank played ASA-affiliated softball for the Strike Force 18Gold Strike Force and the 16U Victory USA teams that competed in the ASA Gold National tournaments.

Blank has numerous ties to Iowa, as her father James was born and raised in Iowa City. In addition, her mother, grandfathers, great grandfather, aunts and uncles are all UI alumni.