Melloh and Murphy Carry Hoosiers to 4-2 Win Over Butler
March 22, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh etched her name in the Indiana softball record books on Tuesday with a 17 strikeout performance against the Butler Bulldogs (11-7) but needed a two-out walk-off home run from freshman Meaghan Murphy to get the 4-2 win at the IU Softball Field. The victory is the fifth consecutive and keeps the Hoosiers (17-12) perfect at home this season (5-0).
Melloh allowed four hits and two runs - a pair of solo home runs - while not walking a batter to go with her 17 strikeouts. She struckout the side in the first, second, fourth and seventh innings and had 12 of the first 13 outs in the game via strikeout.
The 17 strikeouts are tied for the 7th most in a single game in Indiana history and the second most in a seven inning game.It is the most by a Indiana pitcher since Mariangee Bogado had 17 in nine innings against Troy on March 10, 2006.
It is also the highest career total for Melloh in a seven inning game and falling just short of her 20-strikeout performance in 13.2 innings against Hawaii in 2008 - her freshman year at Fresno State.
Indiana (17-12) got a one out single from Lindsay Callanan in the first inning and a two out single up the middle from Sara Olson, who advanced to second on the attempt to get Callanan out at third that was unsuccessful. Cassie Gogreve followed with a single towards the gap on the right side of the infield that deflected off the glove of the Butler first baseman and trickled into right field to allow both runners to score.
Butler got one run back in the top of the second inning on a solo home run by Jessica Huey. The Bulldogs added another run on a solo home run by Meaghan Sullivan in the top of the sixth inning off Melloh tie the game at 2-2.
Then in the bottom of the seventh inning, with one out, Olson hit a soft line drive over the shortstop's head that tipped off her glove and landed safely on the turf for a single. Gogreve stepped in and hit a slow ground ball to shortstop that had the chance to be a double play but Gogreve beat the throw to first base so the inning continued for Murphy. The freshman was behind in the count, 1-2, before she ripped the next pitch to center field and over the fence for her second home run of the season, giving Indiana the 4-2 victory.
Callanan finished with a pair of hits and a run scored in the game while Olson also added a pair of hits.
Breanna Fisher started the game for Butler and gave up two runs on six hits through the first four innings before being replaced by Jennifer Chasteen (6-2) in the circle. Chasteen took the loss by allowing two runs on three hits in 2.2 innings of work.
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