Indiana Bows Out of NCAA Tournament With 3-1 Loss to Illinois State
May 21, 2011
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Indiana Hoosiers (37-18) saw their season come to a close on Saturday with a 3-1 loss to the Illinois State Redbirds (36-18) at the Columbia (Mo.) Regional of the NCAA Tournament. Morgan Melloh had six strikeouts in the contest and the Hoosiers were only able tally one hit in the game.
Melloh (32-17) finishes her career with 1532 strikeouts, the ninth most in NCAA softball history, while her 494 strikeouts this season were a career high as well as a Big Ten and Indiana single-season records.
The Hoosiers got on the board in the top of the first inning when Breanna Saucedo drew a leadoff walk and then stole second base. Following a sacrifice bunt by Ashley Warrum to move Saucedo to third, Sara Olson grounded out to second base to allow Saucedo to score easily and give IU a 1-0 lead. For Olson, it was her 95th career RBI to take over sole possession of sixth place on the IU career RBI list.
The Redbirds evened the score with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a solo home run by Abby Olson, her 15th of the season.
Neither team put together a significant threat after that until the fifth inning, when Olson was back at it for Illinois State, lacing a two-run double down the left field line that proved to be the game-winning runs.
The Hoosiers tried to put pressure on Illinois State in the top of the seventh inning. Sara Olson led off with a walk ahead of Amanda Wagner's single up the middle - the first hit of the game for the Hoosiers. But on the next pitch, Melloh grounded into a double play to leave a runner at third for Jenna Abraham with two outs. The freshman grouned out to shortstop on a bang-bang play at first base to end the game.
Entering play at the Regional this weekend, Indiana was 12-1 when they scored the first run of the game. The Hoosiers scored the first run of both games on Saturday but were not able to hang on to the lead.
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