Played in 12 games, all starts ... Hit .212 (7-for-33) with one double, one triple, five RBI and six runs scored ... Walked five times and was hit by a pitch for a .333 on base percentage.
Prepped at Calvary Academy in Shreveport, La. ... First player from Calvary to play at a Big 12 school ... Pitched and played the outfield for coaches Rodney Traweek and Chad Abernathy ... Led Calvary to a combined 90-18 record over final three seasons ... Team finished first in district during junior and senior seasons ... Guided Calvary to a 29-6 record and a state championship runner-up finish as a junior in 2006 ... Led 2007 Cavaliers to a 34-4 mark and a state title ... Three-time, first-team all-district honoree ... Named all-state during junior and senior seasons ... First-team All-Shreveport as a junior ... Under Armour All-American as a senior ... Hit .400 with five home runs and 29 RBI as a sophomore ... Hit .375 with eight home runs and 39 RBI as a junior ... Hit .409 with nine home runs and 32 RBI as a senior ... Finished career with 28 home runs, hitting six as a freshman ... Also lettered in football ... National Honor Society member.
Full name is Derek Bryan Blankenship ... Born Sept. 2, 1988, in Amarillo, Texas ... Son of Rex and Vicki Blankenship ... Uncle, Ronnie King, was Baylor's starting center fielder during 1983 and 1984 seasons and led Bears in hits, runs and stolen bases both seasons ... Film digital media major.