Sioux Falls, SD
Jacob Blank's junior season had already been a dominant one as he was a perfect 7-0 on the year, and hadn't given up an earned run yet. But on Saturday, Blank had a chance to add to that dominance, as he was in the middle of throwing a no-hitter.
"You try not to think about it but it's definitely in the back of your mind around the 5th or 6th inning when you realize, hey I still haven't given up a hit here and pitching pretty well. But, really you try to approach the batter the same every single time," Augustana Pitcher Jacob Blank said.
Calling the game from behind the plate was Augie catcher Ryan Menssen, who says he didn't realize Blank had a no-hitter going until after the 6th inning, but then just tried to help Blank anyway he could.
"Going into that last inning, by that point everyone knows, even him, so just keeping him calm, calling pitches that we've been throwing all day successfully," Catcher Ryan Menssen said.
With 1 out left, UMD's Grant Farley stepped up to the plate and was the last thing standing in front of Blank and history.
"When I got him to pop out, I was really excited to see that ball go straight up in the air. Once Carter caught that, I was really elated, gave my catcher a big hug, because he had as much to do with that as I did. He was calling good pitches, defense working great behind me. I was just really excited to get that," Augustana Pitcher Jacob Blank said.
Blank's no-hitter is just one chapter in his dominant season. He's undefeated, leads the country in ERA at 0.00 and has struck out 65 batters. Blank says the difference between this year and his previous two, is his confidence.
"I think its all about confidence. This year I've definitely had more confidence than previous years where I was an underclassmen. Kind of been tentative pitching not to lose whereas this year I'm pitching to win, get guys out, strike guys out. I'm confident in my stuff," Blank said.
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