Morgan Melloh, the 2011 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and IU single-season strikeout leader, sat down to talk about her busy summer schedule.
SENIOR YEAR (2011)
Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Midwest Region First Team
Big Ten Pitcher of the Year (the first Hoosier to do so since Gina Ugo in 1996)
First Team All-Big Ten Pitcher
Named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week on April 19, joining Mariangee Bogado (May 9, 2006) as the only IU pitchers to receive the award
Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week four times (April 4, April 11, April 18, May 2), becoming the first IU pitcher to receive the award four times in one season
Holds the Indiana school record and Big Ten Conference record for strikeouts in a season (494)
Holds the Indiana school record and Big Ten Conference record for strikeouts in Big Ten games in a season (221)
Set a career high with 21 strikeouts against Wisconsin (8 innings) on April 16, 2011
Her 32 wins are the third-most in a season in school history
Also set school single-season records for Appearances (52) and Games Started (47)
Named the team's Co-MVP with Sara Olson
Named the team's Pitcher of the Year
Finished her career with 87 games with 10+ strikeouts, including 27 in her senior year
Finished her career with 1,532 career strikeouts, putting her in 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout list
Transferred to Indiana from Fresno State for her senior year to be closer to her family ... appeared in 52 games as a pitcher and made 47 starts ... finished the season with a overall ERA of 1.64 and a record of 32-17 in the circle with one save ... posted 40 complete games and 13 shutouts ... registered a school-record 494 strikeouts, shattering the previous record of 370 set by Amy Unterbrink in 1986 ... also hit .312 on the year with two home runs, 13 RBI and seven runs scored ... had a .300 batting average in Big Ten play with a home run and 10 RBI ... led the Big Ten in opposing batting average, innings pitched, strikeouts, wins, appearances and games started ... pitched every inning of every game in Big Ten play (20 games, 1.07 ERA, 138.0 IP) opened the season with 12 strikeouts in a complete game loss to #2 Arizona ... picked up her first win as a Hoosiers by allowing two runs - one earned - on two hits and six strikeouts in a 10-2 win in five innings against Nevada ... pitched one inning of relief against Cal Poly and gave up one hit and did not strikeout a batter, the only appearance all season where she failed to record a strikeout ... gave up one run on two hits over 4.2 innings of relief work to get the win against UAB ... pitched a complete game and allowed one run on two hits against USF while striking out seven on her way to the win ... although she suffered the loss, she struck out 14 against #4 Florida, tying the season high for the Gators ... followed up the performance against UF with a 13-strikeout game against San Diego State the same day ... at the same tournament, had nine strikeouts against #14 California and 11 strikeouts against Loyola Marymount ... snapped a 11-game winning streak by Chattanooga with a two-hit, 13-strikeout performance ... allowed one run on three hits and 12 strikeouts in a win over James Madison ... went 4-0 and allowed two runs on eight hits in four games at the IU Classic and totaled 36 strikeouts ... posted 17 strikeouts in a seven inning complete game victory over Butler in game one of a doubleheader ... came back in game two against Butler to whiff 14 to pick up the win ... gave up just one hit and struck out 12 in the Big Ten opener to Minnesota ... posted 12 more strikeouts in the second game against Minnesota the next day to pick up the win ... led the Hoosiers to their first win in Ann Arbor, Mich., since 1993 in game two of a doubleheader against #2 Michigan ... she struck out 14 in eight innings and allowed just one earned run on four hits ... pitched a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in the first game at Penn State ... surrendered only two hits in the second game at Penn State in the Hoosiers 1-0 victory ... collected 15 strikeouts against Ohio State in game one of a doubleheader and then came back to allow two hits and record seven strikeouts in game two ... logged the save against Indiana State by coming on to pitch the final 2.1 innings and did not allow a hit ... set a career high with 21 strikeouts in a 4-3 IU victory in eight innings against Wisconsin ... pitched a gem against Ball State, giving up just two hits to go with 14 strikeouts, including the strikeout to break the previous school record for strikeouts in a season ... struck out 11 in both games at Michigan State to lead the Hoosiers to another series sweep on the road ... tossed a one-hitter in the first game at Illinois in addition to striking out 11 ... in game two, she allowed one run on three hits and 10 strikeouts ... Iowa managed just three total hits over the two games in Bloomington and struck out a combined 23 times ... in game two against the Hawkeyes, Melloh lost a no-hitter on a bloop single to center field with two outs in the seventh inning ... held the hard-hitting Northwestern lineup to just two hits and 13 strikeouts in the first game of the weekend, extending the Hoosiers winning streak to 15 games - the longest in the nation at the time ... gave up a run on four hits and 12 strikeouts at home against Purdue ... issued seven strikeouts as she tossed her 13th shutout of the season against Purdue on Senior Day ... pitched her seventh one-hitter of the season in the first game of the NCAA Regional in Columbia, Mo., against DePaul but the Hoosiers lost 2-1 on a wild pitch in the seventh inning - although she had 11 strikeouts in the contest ... saw the season come to an end against Illinois State at the Columbia Regional, when she gave up three runs on six hits and six strikeouts ... was named to the ASA/USA Softball National Player of the Year Preseason Watch List.
JUNIOR YEAR (2010 - Fresno State)
Preseason WAC Pitcher of the Year ... ASA Preseason Top 50 Watch List ... made 35 appearances including 22 starts in the circle ... tossed 14 complete games - five of which were shutouts ... also added two saves ... pitched a total of 161.1 innings ... finished the season with a 18-10 record and a 2.35 ERA (5th in WAC) in the circle ... ... registered 234 strikeouts, second-most in the WAC ... averaged 10.2 strikeouts per seven innings, the 18th best average in the NCAA and tops in the WAC ... her 18 wins were tied for third-most in the WAC ... named Second Team All-WAC ... logged 74 strikeouts in 50.0 innings pitched in conference play ... was named to the All-Decade team at Fresno State by fan voting ... tied for fourth in Fresno State history with 112 games started ... is second in FS history with 1138 career strikeouts ... her 147 appearances is tied for third all-time at Fresno State ... the 90 wins she accumulated is tied for fifth in school history ... is tied for eighth in complete games with 95 ... is seventh in innings pitched (841.0) ... is ninth in shutouts with 42 ... is third in saves with seven.
SOPHOMRE YEAR (2009 - Fresno State)
Fourth NCAA Division I pitcher to throw back-to-back 400 strikeout seasons in first two seasons as a collegian - joining Monica Abbott (Tennessee), Cat Osterman (Texas) and Angelica Selden (UCLA) ... was listed among the nation's best in five pitching categories, including four top 12 rankings ... in the final national statistics was No. 2 in strikeouts (450), No. 5 in shutouts (17), No. 7 in victories (30) and No. 9 in strikeouts per 7/IP (9.9) ... she also ranked No. 54 in ERA (1.71) and No. 74 in saves (2) ... in the NCAA career list for strikeouts per 7/IP, was the only active underclassman listed and ranked No. 34 (9.3) ... in the 11 weeks of the NCAA stats during the season, ranked every week in strikeouts per 7/IP and wins while ranking all 10 weeks in which the NCAA tracked shutouts and strikeouts .... led the nation in strikeouts for three weeks and did not rank lower than No. 5 all season ... on year threw four one-hitters, seven two-hitters and nine three-hitters ... allowed three hits or less in a game 20 times during the season ... of the 30 wins on year, 17 were shutouts ... opponents batted just .176 against her ... of the 16 losses, five were by one run ... had Top 25 wins against No. 9 Cal, No. 12 Northwestern, No. 24 Florida State and No. 25 Nevada ... collected 500th career strikeout against No. 12 Northwestern ... posted 600th career strikeout versus No. 24 Florida State ... posted 800th career strikeout after fanning 14 vs. No. 25 Nevada, making her the third Bulldog and fourth WAC pitcher to reach this plateau; she was the first sophomore to reach 800 mark ... notched 900th career strikeout versus Long Beach State in NCAA Regional action ... posted back-to-back 30 or more win seasons ... seventh Bulldog to record 30 or more complete games in back-to-back years and ninth to start 30-plus games and post double-digit shutout victories in consecutive years ... had season-best streak of 27.0 scoreless innings and 27.1 innings without an earned run ... also had a streak 17.1 scoreless innings pitched without an earned run ... opened year with a streak of 16.0 scoreless innings and without an earned run ... had 25 10-strikeout games (45 in career) after posting 20 her freshman season ... recorded more strikeouts (450) in less innings (319.1) her sophomore year after setting single-season school records in both categories in 2008 (454 in 360.1 innings) ... notched season-best streak of seven straight starts with double-digit strikeouts and averaged 12.5 strikeouts per 7/IP (91 in 51.0 IP) ... outside of this streak, had back-to-back 10-strikeout games four different times ... closed out last 24 games with 222 strikeouts in 154.1 innings for an average of 10.1 strikeouts per 7/IP ... first Bulldog to record back-to-back 400-strikeout seasons ... in the WAC career record book, is No. 1 in strikeouts per 7/IP (9.3), No. 2 in strikeouts (904), No. 5 in wins (72) and No. 9 in innings pitched (679.2) and saves (5) ... second WAC hurler to reach 900-K milestone ...won 20th career WAC game and posted her 10th league shutout victory against Nevada in 4-0 win ... after winning the WAC's triple crown in pitching in 2008, again led the league in wins (30) and strikeouts (450) as a sophomore ... three-time WAC Pitcher of the Week (eight in career) ...selected WAC Tournament Championship MVP after going 3-0 with 2 shutouts, 27 strikeouts (8.6 strikeouts per 7/IP) and a 0.64 ERA while opponents batted .122 against ... in just two years, ranks in 11 top 10 school career records: No. 1 strikeouts per 7/IP (9.3), No. 2 strikeouts (904), No. T3 saves (5), No. 6 consecutive wins (12), No. 8 in appearances (112), No. 9 in wins (72) and consecutive innings pitched (31.1), No, T9 in shutouts (37) and complete games (81) and No. 10 innings pitched (679.2) and games started (90) .... etching her name in numerous Fresno State single-season marks in 2008, established herself in eight single-season top 10 school records her sophomore year: No. 2 strikeouts per 7/IP (9.9) and strikeouts (450), No. 3 appearances (53) and games started (44), No. 6 innings pitched (319.1), No. 7 in complete games (37), No. 8 in wins (30) and No. T9 in saves (2) ... in career, has allowed three hits or less in a game 38 times while notching 72 wins with 37 shutouts and 45 10-strikeout games ... in NCAA stats for career, has ranked all 23 weeks in wins and strikeouts per 7/IP, 18 weeks in ERA and 13 weeks in saves ... ASA Preseason Top 50 Watch List ... 2009 WAC All-Tournament team ... WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year ... first-team All-West Region ... First-Team All-WAC ... four-time Toyota/gobulldogs.com Student-Athlete of the Week.
FRESHMAN YEAR (2008 - Fresno State)
Posted the most dominating performance in the circle as a freshman in school history ... only Bulldog pitcher to have a 40-win season ... just the third Bulldog to tally a 400-strikeout season ... the fourth Bulldog to appear in 50 or more games in a year ... fifth pitcher in school history to post 20 shutouts in a season ... only fifth `Dog to collect 40-plus complete games in a season ... notched 21 10-strikeout games on the season ... captured the WAC's triple crown in pitching (ERA, wins and strikeouts) ... won 13 of first 14 games to open the year ... closed out the season by going 21-6 in the circle ... had winning streaks of 12-, 10-, and eight-consecutive wins during the season ... went 11-6 against the Top 25 ... posted Top 10 wins over Michigan and Oklahoma ... finished the year with a 42-9 mark while completing 44 of 46 starts and appearing in 59 games ... collected 20 shutouts and three saves while striking out 454 in 360.1 innings for an 8.82 strikeout per 7/IP as opponents batted just .181 ... of the nine losses, five were by one run ... the 360.1 innings pitched are the 16th most innings pitched in a single season by one player in NCAA history ... posted a season-best mark of 31.0 scoreless innings pitched (April 11-19) while also posting a streak of 29.1 scoreless innings earlier in the year (Feb. 15-22) ... tallied a season-high streak of 31.1 innings without an unearned run, twice (April 11-19: Feb. 15-22) ... set five Fresno State single-season pitching records: games pitched (59), consecutive games pitched (30), innings pitched (360.1), wins (42) and strikeouts (454) ... in the school's single-season pitching list, ranks in 11 categories, including five single-season school and three Western Athletic Conference records that were set: No. 1 appearances (59) --- school record; No. 1 wins (42) -- school & WAC record; No. 1 innings pitched (360.1) --- school and WAC record; No. 1 strikeouts (454) --- school & WAC record; No. 1 consecutive games pitched (30); No. 2 complete games (44); No. 2 games started (46), No. 4 strikeouts per 7/IP (8.82), No. T4 shutouts (20), No. T4 saves (3) and No. 9 consecutive wins (12) ... in the school's career annals, ranks in three categories: No. 6 consecutive wins (12); No. 6 saves (3); and No. 9 consecutive scoreless innings (31.1) ... is sixth Bulldog pitcher to be an All-American in her freshman season ... became the third Bulldog hurler to be named pitcher and freshman of the year in the same season ... ninth Bulldog who has been honored as WAC Freshman of the Year ... is the seventh Bulldog hurler to garner conference pitcher of the year accolades (12 times overall a Bulldog has been honored as league pitcher of the year since 1988) ... in the final WAC stats, led the league in ERA (1.28), strikeouts (454), batters struck out looking (82), appearances (59), innings pitched (360.2), wins (42) and games started (46) while third in saves (3) ... in the 12 weeks of the NCAA statistics, ranked every week in wins, saves, ERA and strikeouts per 7/IP ... never ranked lower than second in the nation in victories all year long ... in the final NCAA stats, ranked No. 2 in victories (42), No. 23 in strikeouts per 7/IP (8.8), No. 28 in ERA (1.28) and No. 75 in saves (3) ... second-team All-American ... selected to the 2008 NCAA Fresno Region II Team and was named co-MVP ... first-team All-West Region ... WAC Pitcher and Freshman of the Year ... First-Team All-WAC ... five-time WAC Pitcher of the Week ... three-time Toyota/gobulldogs.com Student-Athlete of the Week ... WAC All-Academic ... WAC Scholar-Athlete ... Fresno State Scholar-Athlete ... Fresno State Female Athlete of the Year (second freshman to be honored by school regardless of sport).
Was a four-year letterwinner in softball ... led her team to a 31-0 record in '07 and a state championship ... was Indiana Miss Softball ... was a EA Sports First-Team All-American ... was an All-North Player of the Year three times ... set a strikeout record in a championship high school game by sitting down 26 batters in 10 innings ... played in a 25-inning game as a sophomore, recording 37 strikeouts with a 0.19 ERA ... during senior season, fanned 426 batters in 167 innings while hitting .378 with six home runs, 11 doubles and 33 RBI ... is the daughter of Jeffrey and Kathleen Melloh ... has one younger brother, Jacob, and one younger sister, Kristin ... working towards a General Studies degree at Indiana.