April 13, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana completed the doubleheader sweep of Ohio State with 9-0 win in five innings in game two. Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve hit a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap off the win for the Hoosiers (24-15, 6-2 Big Ten). It marks the best start to a Big Ten season and the best overall start to a season since 1996.
"These wins were great for us today," head coach Michelle Gardner said. "It was wonderful to see everyone contribute and help us keep our momentum in Big Ten play."
The Hoosiers have now won five consecutive Big Ten games for the first time since 1997, when they ironically, took three against Penn State and then two against Ohio State.
Melloh (20-14) picked up the win in the circle with her 11th consecutive complete game. She allowed just two hits and three walks to go with her seven strikeouts. She now has 325 strikeouts this season to easily lead all Big Ten pitchers this season and the 10th most all-time by a Big Ten pitcher in a season.
The bats came alive in the second game of the twinbill, putting nine runs on the board in support of Melloh in the circle. It is the most runs scored in a game by the Hoosiers since an 18-0 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 13 - a span of 18 games.
With the game scoreless going to the bottom of the third inning, Samantha Heyman started the inning with a sharp single to left field. Breanna Saucedo worked a walk and both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Heather Nelson. The Buckeyes intentionally walked Sara Olson to load the bases for the pitcher, Melloh. The Fishers, Ind., native delivered with a soft single to right field that scored two to give IU a 2-0 lead.
The inning continued with two on for Amanda Wagner
, who had clubbed her first home run of the season in game one of the doubleheader. The sophomore drilled the Medrano pitch over the wall in right center field to increase the IU lead to 5-0.
Melloh continued to keep the OSU hitters at bay in the fourth and fifth innings and got a little help from Heyman in the outfield to end the fifth. With a runner on first base, Alicia Herron hit a high fly ball to shallow center field that Heyman caught with ease and then caught the runner straying too far off first base for the inning-ending double play.
Then in the bottom of the fifth, Olson drew another walk and Melloh singled back up the middle ahead of Wagner's walk to load the bases. Gogreve stepped in next and wasted little time blasting the pitch over the right center field fence for her second career grand slam and the first this season for the Hoosiers. The last grand slam for IU also came off the bat of Gogreve on April 10, 2010, against Michigan State at the IU Softball Field.
The 4-5-6 hitters in the Indiana lineup were a combined 6-for-8 with five runs scored and all nine RBI.
Medrano (5-14) took the loss for Ohio State, allowing five runs on five hits while striking out three and two walks. Kasie Kelly came on in relief to pitch the fourth and fifth inning, surrendering four runs on two hits and two walks.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Thursday at the IU Softball Field against Indiana State starting at 3:00 p.m. The game can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Dave Leno calling all the action.