Blanchard's Walk-Off HBP Sends Softball into NCAA Regional Final
Senior (2012) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Only Wolverine to start all 59 games -- 45 at third base and 14 at shortstop ... Named to all-tournament team at Tiger Classic (Feb. 10-12) ... Hit three home runs ... Totaled six multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... Accounted for an RBI with a 1-for-2 showing against Alabama in the NCAA Super Regional (May 25) ... Went 1-for-3 with an RBI against Kentucky in the NCAA Regional (May 18) ... Hit a home run at Indiana (March 31) ... Turned in a five-RBI performance against Penn State (March 24), going 2-for-3 with a home run and a run ... Knocked in the winning run with a double against No. 22 Kentucky (Feb. 18) ... Was 3-for-3 with home run, scoring two runs against No. 19 Auburn (March 2) ... Went 2-for-4 with three RBI against Penn State (Feb. 12) in the Tiger Classic.
Junior (2011) ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award recipient ... Started first 10 games at shortstop before missing most of the 2011 season with injury... Batted .281 with three multi-hit performances ... Tallied four doubles in 10 games ... Went 2-for-4 with an RBI double vs. Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 12) ... Posted two hits and a pair of runs in the season opener vs. Southern Illinois (Feb. 11).
Sophomore (2010) ... Started 42 games at shortstop, missing 15 games due to injury ... Registered a career-best .271 batting average ... Recorded an RBI in each game of the NCAA Regional (May 21-23) ... Drove in the first run on a second-inning single against #25 Notre Dame in the NCAA Regional semifinal ... Tallied an RBI double against Wright State in the regional opener ... Posted first career triple in a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort against Wisconsin (April 3) ... Recorded a career-best nine-game hitting streak (March 6-19) ... Went 5-for-7 with three RBI in back-to-back games vs. UNLV and Utah at the Judi Garman Classic (March 19) ... Tallied a career-best three hits, including the game-winning RBI single in the fifth against UNLV ... Went 2-for-3 with a run scored against #8 Alabama at the Easton SEC/Midwest Challenge (March 6) ... Tallied two hits, including a first-inning RBI single, against Virginia at the Tiger Classic (Feb. 19).
Freshman (2009) ... U-M Academic Athletic Achievement Award recipient ... Started all 59 games at second base ... Hit 2-for-3 with a run scored in WCWS debut vs. #4 Alabama (May 28) ... Snapped out of hitting slump with a fifth-inning single vs. Baylor in the NCAA Super Regional finale (May 23) ... Hit leadoff in 16 straight games entering the postseason (April 8-May 9) ... Knocked out the game-winning, solo home run in the third inning vs. Iowa (May 3) ... Tallied a hit in both games of the Wisconsin doubleheader (April 25), recording three total RBI ... Matched career-best three hits twice in a three-game stretch -- at Central Michigan (April 8) and vs. Minnesota (April 12) ... Also went 3-for-4 with three runs scored at Penn State-1 (April 1) ... Batted 2-for-3 with career-best three RBI vs. Loyola Chicago-2 (March 28) ... Posted back-to-back multi-hit efforts vs. Arizona State and Arizona at the Judi Garman Classic (March 14-15) ... Registered two RBI vs. the Wildcats and two runs scored vs. ASU ... Also tallied two RBI vs. Virginia Tech at the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Feb. 27) ... Tallied two of Michigan's three hits at #3 Florida (Feb. 25) ... Recorded first collegiate hit -- a second-inning double -- vs. Long Island at the FAU Kick-Off Classic (Feb. 6) ... Made collegiate debut in U-M's season opener vs. Pittsburgh (Feb. 6).
Prep ... Graduated from Plainfield Central High School (2008) ... High Honor Roll ... National Spanish Honor Society ... IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award ... PCHS Academic Excellence Award ... Southwest Prairie All-Conference Academic Award ... 2008 Chicago Sun Times Female Athlete of the Year ... 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year (Illinois) ... Named 2008 Softball Player of the Year by the Chicago Sun Times, Herald News and Plainfield Enterprise newspapers ... EA Sports All-America first team (2008) ... Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America second team and North Region first team selection ... Earned 2008 all-state honors from the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune, Herald News, Plainfield Enterprise and Illinois Coaches Association ... Batted .513 as a senior (2008) with a 1.094 slugging percentage ... Established eight PCHS records, including career hits (160) and career runs scored (147) ... Four-time All-Southwest Prairie Conference selection (2005, '06, '07, '08) ... Also participated in volleyball and basketball ... Earned 2007 All-South Prairie Conference, Herald News First Team Libero honors in volleyball ... Named PCHS Defensive Player of the Year (2008) and Most Valuable Player (2007) in basketball.
Club/Junior Team ... Played with the Beverly Bandits (2007, `08) ... ASA 18U Gold Nationals ... Also competed with Stone City (2003, '04, '05, '06).
Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in sport management ... Born on August 30, 1990 ... Daughter of Brian and Linda Kirkpatrick.