CAREER HONORS Four-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2008, 2010, 2011, Spring 2011)
2011 (JUNIOR) Pitched in 19 games, 10 of which were starts ... Went 5-2 with 4.88 ERA over 66.1 innings of work ... Tied for second on team in wins and ranked third in innings pitched, appearances and games started ... First 10 outings of season were as weekend starter, then moved to bullpen for last nine appearances ... Held left-handed batters to .213 batting average (23-for-108) ... Struck out 11 batters in 16.2 innings of relief after moving to bullpen, up from 16 strikeouts in 49.2 innings as starter ... Picked up series-clinching win with 5.0 innings and two runs allowed in finale at Georgia (2/27) ... Earned second win and helped Bears avoid sweep with 6.0 innings and three runs allowed in finale at Kansas (4/3) ... Worked 5.0 innings and allowed one run in series finale at No. 8 Texas (4/10), but did not factor in decision ... Picked up win at No. 5 Texas A&M (4/16) by allowing one run in 5.1 innings of work ... Made adjustments to arm slot prior to relief appearance at No. 10 TCU (5/10) ... Pitched 3.1 innings of shutout relief and struck out four against Horned Frogs, starting streak of five consecutive appearances without allowing a run ... Earned fourth win with 3.0 innings of shutout relief vs. Dallas Baptist (5/17) ... Picked up fifth win with 4.0 innings of two-hit, shutout relief in series-clinching win over No. 13 Oklahoma (5/21).
2010 (SOPHOMORE) Appeared in seven games, four of which were starts ... Missed time due to back injury, but returned to make two starts in April ... Went 2-1 with 5.48 ERA in 21.1 innings ... Struck out 14 and issued four walks ... Saw first action of season with 2.2 innings of shutout relief vs. Duke (2/20) ... Picked up win by allowing just one hit and striking out two against Blue Devils ... Earned second win of season by tossing 4.1 innings of relief vs. Oral Roberts (3/6) ... Allowed one run on three hits vs. Golden Eagles ... Missed more than a month before making start vs. UT Arlington (4/14) ... Saw last action of season in start vs. Sam Houston State (4/20) ... Struck out two in 3.0 shutout innings, but did not factor in decision as three Baylor pitchers worked 3.0 innings each in 9-5 win.
2009 (FRESHMAN) Pitched in 15 games with four starts ... Made four appearances in Big 12 play, all in relief ... Went 1-1 with 9.36 ERA over 25.0 innings ... Made first start and struck out career-best nine batters against Houston Baptist (2/25) ... Picked up win with 5.0 innings and one run allowed on four hits and one walk ... Allowed one hit in 2.0 innings of shutout relief in 2-1 win at No. 13 TCU (3/4) ... After waiting nearly one month between outings, got final two outs after Minnesota scored five runs in ninth inning in final game of Baton Rouge Regional (5/31).
HIGH SCHOOL Pitched and played shortstop for head coach Dustin Nail at Columbia [Ill.] High School ... Led Eagles to 2007 state title with a 34-5 record ... Program's first state title in 20 years ... Columbia also finished fourth in state in 2006 and won conference titles both years ... Team was 103-43 during career ... Three-time all-conference and all-metro selection ... 2007 honorable mention all-state ... Posted 19-5 career record with 1.76 ERA and 171 strikeouts against 30 walks in 159.0 innings ... Career .348 batting average ... Three-time team captain ... Also earned four letters as guard for Columbia's basketball team ... Guided hoops team to regional title as freshman and state Sweet 16 appearance as senior ... Three-time all-conference and all-metro, two-time honorable mention all-state pick in basketball ... Scored 1,149 career points ... Also played football ... Honors graduate ... Illinois High School Association Academic Achievement Award.
PERSONAL Full name is Trent Robert Blank ... Born Aug. 31, 1989, in St. Louis, Mo. ... Son of Robert and Mary Sue Blank ... Father played collegiately at UALR and was 18th-round draft selection of the Houston Astros in 1976 ... Business major.