Six-Run Sixth Inning Propels Indiana to 11th Consecutive Victory
April 28, 2011
URBANA, Ill. - The Indiana bats came alive in the sixth inning, erupting for six runs on its way to a 8-0 win against Illinois (20-19, 7-6 Big Ten) at Eichelberger Field to increase its winning streak to 11 games. Morgan Melloh (26-14) tossed a complete game one-hitter while striking out 11 to get the win. She also drove in a pair of runs at the plate while Sara Olson's three-run double was the big blow in the sixth.
The 11-game winning streak is the longest for the Hoosiers (31-15, 11-2 Big Ten) since a 16-game streak during the 1994 season. It is also the 10th consecutive Big Ten contest that Indiana has won to match the 10-0 start to Big Ten play during the 1994 season.
The Hoosiers 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on a RBI single by Melloh and then added another run in the top of the fifth on Cassie Gogreve's sacrifice fly that drove in Jenna Abraham after she tripled to start the inning.
The sixth inning started with a double by sophomore Samantha Heyman and she moved to third when sophomore Breanna Saucedo reached on an error. Saucedo stole second and Warrum walked to load the bases for the meat of the Indiana lineup. Sara Olson patiently laced a double to left field to clear the bases and give Indiana a 5-0 lead. Amanda Wagner was hit by a pitch to prompt a pitching change as Laura Tarnawa came on to pitch for Illinois. She allowed an RBI single to Melloh to make it a six-run advantage. Later with two outs, Cassie Gogreve lined a single back up the middle to plate a pair of runs to provide the final score of 8-0.
Melloh returned to the circle in the sixth and finished up her 10th shutout of the season with a pair of strikeouts. It is also the 4th time this year that the Hoosiers have run-ruled an opponent and the second time in Big Ten play.
The games were originally scheduled to be played on Wednesday, April 27, but rain in the Champaign-Urbana area forced a postponement.
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