April 17, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
For the second time in as many days, the Indiana Hoosiers (27-15, 8-2 Big Ten) needed a walk-off hit to defeat the Wisconsin Badgers (22-17, 2-6 Big Ten). On Sunday, it was Amanda Wagner who came through with a grand slam to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning to extend the Hoosiers winning streak to seven games with a final score of 6-3. It is Wagner's third game-winning hit of the season.
Indiana also runs its conference win streak to seven games, the longest since 1994. The Hoosiers now have nine come-from-behind wins this season and have done so in four of the last five games of the winning streak.
The top three hitters in the Indiana lineup - Breanna Saucedo, Ashley Warrum and Sara Olson - reached base a combined 10 times in 12 plate appearances in the game. Saucedo was 1-for-4 but reached on an error and scored two runs. Warrum had three singles and scored a pair of runs of her own to set the table for the hot-hitting Sara Olson. The senior from Orland Park, Ill., Olson was issued four walks in the game to tie the Indiana single-game record.
With the Hoosiers down to their final three outs, they had the top of the order leading off the inning. Saucedo punched a single through the left side of the infield. Warrum followed with a bunt single ahead of Olson who was intentionally walked to load the bases. Wagner worked the count to 2-2 before launching the offering from Cassandra Darrah deep over the left field fence for the walk-off grand slam. It was the third home run of the season for Wagner and her first career grand slam.
Morgan Melloh (22-14) picked up another win in the circle for the Hoosiers, going the distance and allowing three runs - two earned - on five hits while striking out 12 and walking just one. It is the 27th complete game of the year and the 10th in as many Big Ten games.
Melloh now has 361 strikeouts this season, just nine away from tying Amy Unterbrink's single-season school record of 370 strikeouts.
Wisconsin used three pitchers on the day, starting with Meghan McIntosh who went 2.1 innings and gave up two runs - one earned on three hits. She was replaced in the third inning by Amanda Najdek who pitched the next 3.2 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits with four strikeouts. McIntosh (8-9) came back in to replace Najdek in the seventh inning and allowed the single to Warrum and was saddled with the loss. Cassandra Darrah allowed a hit and a walk in the seventh and did not record an out.
The Badgers once again got on the board in the first inning, this time on a two-run home run by Karla Powell to center field.
In the bottom of the first inning the Hoosiers put a run of its own on the board thanks to a pair of UW errors in the field. The Badgers finished the game with four errors that led to two unearned runs.
In the third inning, Wisconsin got another run on an RBI single from Powell.
The Hoosiers tried to claw back into the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Melloh stepped in with the bases loaded and delivered a single to right field to cut the UW lead to 3-2 at the time.
Indiana will play its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday when it plays host to Ball State at 3:00 p.m. Fans can listen to free live audio of the game by clicking on the "live broadcast" link on the softball page of IUHoosiers.com.
Wagner finishes the week hitting .462 with three home runs and 10 RBI in the five games ... in the 37 games prior, she was hitting just .136 with no home runs and five RBI ... Sara Olson was issued eight walks and was hit by pitch four times for an on-base percentage of .778 over the last five games ... in Big Ten games this season, Olson is hitting .610 and has an on-base percentage of .771 with nine walks and five HBP.