Hoosiers Strike Early and Often In 10-2 Win Over Nevada
Feb. 12, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. - Senior Sara Olson clubbed a three-run home run in the first inning and junior Cassie Gogreve smacked a two-run shot in the fourth to cap off a 10-2 Indiana win in five innings over Nevada (0-2) on Friday. The game was the second of five this weekend for the Hoosiers (1-1) at the Tempe Sports Complex as part of the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State.
"It was great to get out that early lead and put the pressure on them," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "Once we got the lead, we continued to hit the ball and that's what I loved to see as we bounced back from last night's loss to Arizona."
Gardner got her start as a college head coach at Nevada, leading the Wolfpack for six seasons before joining Indiana for the 2009 season.
Morgan Melloh (1-1) earned her first win of the year by tossing three innings of two-hit softball and striking out six. She now has 1,156 career strikeouts which is tied for 29th on the NCAA all-time strikeouts list and she is also the active leader in strikeouts. Jessica Dobson came on to pitch the final two innings and allowed just one hit while striking out five.
Nevada's Bailey Brewer (0-1) suffered the loss for the Wolfpack despite going the distance and surrendering 10 runs (seven earned) and striking out 11.
Four different Hoosiers logged two hits in the game, led by Olson's 2-for-3 day that included a towering home run to left center in the first inning that gave IU a 3-0 lead. Breanna Saucedo was also 2-for-3 and matcher her career high with three runs scored.
Paradise Valley, Ariz., native Kelsey Stander picked up a pair of singles and score two runs while Cassie Gogreve drilled her first home run of the season to put IU on top 10-2 in the fourth inning. The top three hitters in the Indiana lineup (Saucedo, Stander and Gogreve) were a combined 6-for-8 with seven runs scored.
In the five-run third inning, the Hoosiers benefitted from a wild pitch that allowed a run to score and then two more came in on a throwing error by Nevada as they tried to get the force out at the plate. Then freshman Meagan Murphy laced a two-run single off the first baseman's glove and down the right field line for her first collegiate runs driven in.
Indiana continues play at the Kajikawa Classic on Saturday against Cal Poly at 2:00 p.m. ET and Texas Tech at 9:30 p.m. ET. Fans can listen to all of the action live by clicking HERE
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