Hoosiers Drop Season Opener To No. 2 Arizona, 4-0
Feb. 10, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Indiana softball team opened the 2011 season against No. 2 Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic and showed they could hang with one of the best teams in the country before the Wildcats (1-0) scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning on their way to a 4-0 win over the Hoosiers (0-1).
"It was a great challenge for us to go against a program like Arizona in the season opener," Indiana head coach Michelle Gard said. "But I thought we held our own and were completely in the game. We made a couple of costly mistakes late and they took advantage."
Indiana pitcher Morgan Melloh (0-1) went the distance in the circle for Indiana and fanned 12 batters to up her career total to 1,150 and just outside the top 30 all-time in NCAA history. The Fishers, Ind., native transferred to IU over the summer from Fresno State and was making her Cream and Crimson debut on Thursday against Arizona.
Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a ground-rule double by slugging catcher Stacey Chambers. But Melloh got the next seven out via strikeout including retiring the side in order on strikes in the second inning.
The Wildcats tacked on their second run in the sixth inning on a passed ball and then added a pair of unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning on a fielding error and a throwing error. UA starting pitcher Kenzie Fowler (1-0) matched Melloh with 12 strikeouts of her own in the game to pick up the win.
Indiana will play Nevada on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET and fans can listen to live audio (fee required - click here). IU head coach Michelle Gardner was the head coach at Nevada for six seasons before being named the Indiana head coach prior to the 2009 season.
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