Hits Galore As Indiana Rolls Past USF, 5-1
Feb. 19, 2011
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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Indiana banged out 14 hits against the University of South Florida on Saturday, the most in nearly three years, on their way to a 5-1 victory over the Bulls (4-4) at the USF Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. Five different Indiana (4-5) batters registered two hits in the game and Morgan Melloh earned her third win of the year in the circle, allowing just two hits.
"We challenged the players to take advantage of their opportunities at the plate at South Florida and they really came through," head coach Michelle Gardner said following the win. "We were aggressive and gave Morgan (Melloh) a lead early which was something we were really trying to do in order to get some confidence."
Neither team was able to scrape together any runs in the first but the Hoosiers would change that in the top of the second inning. Freshman Jenna Abraham reached on an infield error and Amanda Wagner dropped a bunt single in front of home plate to put the first two on to start the frame. Melloh followed with another infield single to load the bases for Samantha Heyman, who worked deep into the count and then calmly laced a single into left to score a run to make it 1-0 for the Hoosiers. A dropped ball by the catcher on a force play at home allowed Indiana to take a 2-0 lead before Kelsey Stander continued the infield hit barrage with a bunt single to third base that brought home another run to make it 3-0 and the Hoosiers were off and running.
South Florida got a run back in the bottom of the third inning on a home run by Janine Richardson to right field that just barely cleared the 8-foot fence.
Indiana regained a three-run edge in the top of the fourth inning on a Abraham RBI single past a diving second baseman for USF. An inning later, Shelby Gogreve drilled a pitch to right center with pinch hitter Lindsay Callanan on second base and just like that the lead ballooned to 5-1.
The 14 hits Indiana collected in the contest is the most since they racked up 15 on April 1, 2008, at Kentucky.
That was all the hard-throwing left-hander Melloh needed in the circle. She dominated the USF hitters and was aided by stellar play at third base defensively by Amanda Wagner who had six assists in the game. Melloh's final line showed her second complete game of the day and one run allowed on two hits while striking out seven. She did walk six batters in the game but the Bulls stranded eight runs on the bases and Indiana left 11 on the bags.
Capri Catalano (1-1) took the loss for USF, going five innings and allowing five runs (two earned) on 14 hits to go with two walks and four strikeouts. Lindsey Richardson came on in relief and did not allow a hit and struck out two.
The Hoosiers conclude play at the USF Tournament this weekend on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET against Mississippi. The game can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Dave Leno and Nathan Wiechers calling all the exciting action.
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