Hoosiers Trek South For Phyllis Rafter Memorial in Georgia
Feb. 23, 2012
On Friday, Indiana lost to a pair hot-hitting teams and were not able to get the offense clicking in either game. Saturday was a different story, as Indiana scored 10 runs combined in the two games but were still on the short end both games. IU had chanced to win both games in their final at-bat but were not able to come up with the hits when they needed them.
Finally on Sunday, the Hoosiers erupted for eight runs in a come-from-behind victory over Memphis. Freshman Lora Olson was the story in the game, tossing four innings of one-run relief to get the win and she also picked up her first collegiate hit, a two-run home run to left center to tie the game in the fourth inning.
For the weekend, Indiana had five different players hit home runs (Olson, Cawley, Berenter, Wagner, Abraham) and 10 different players log at least one RBI.
As a team for the season, Indiana is hitting .291 with nine home runs and 40 RBI.
ALL ABOUT ABRAHAM
In addition to her prowess at the plate, she also robbed a home run in left field against UIC in the seventh inning for the final out of the game - a home run that would have tied the game.
Abraham was a Third Team All-Big Ten honoree as a freshman and hit .264 with two home runs and 11 RBI for the year. This season she is hitting .444 with three home runs and six RBI.
WAGNER FINISHES STRONG
She is tied for the team lead with eight RBI and three home runs this season. The native of Burbank, Ill., now has 14 career home runs and 47 career RBI as she plays her third season.
CASSIE CATCHES FIRE
Last week, she was 4-for-12 with two doubles and three RBI in addition to drawing three walks.
For the season, Gogreve his hitting .381 with eight RBI to tie for the team lead and her four doubles are a team best.
HERE'S WHAT COMING BACK
Another one of the top returners is sophomore outfielder Jenna Abraham, who was a Third Team All-Big Ten performer last year. Junior infielder Amanda Wagner, who was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree in 2011 returns to help anchor the infield and the heart of the Indiana lineup after hitting six home runs and driving in 20 last year.
The rock behind the plate that will work with the very young pitching staff is fifth year senior Cassie Gogreve. While her offensive numbers might now "wow" many, it is her defense and communication with the pitching staff that has earned her respect. Last season alone, she threw out 15 runners attempting to steal and opponents only attempted to steal a base once per game against her. In her two season with IU, she has caught 38 runners attempting to steal.
In the circle, the Hoosiers have just one pitcher returning - sophomore Meaghan Murphy - and she threw a total of 5.0 innings in 2011. She tossed a five inning shutout against Arkansas-Pine Bluff in her only appearance. She will be used this season along with freshmen Lora Olson and Miranda Tamayo.
TOUGH TO REPLACE
Melloh was the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2011 and was named to the All-Midwest Region First Team by the NFCA. She set Big Ten and IU single-season records with 494 strikouts on the season and finished her career with 1,532 strikeouts, good for ninth on the NCAA career list.
Olson was named First Team All-Big Ten at first base and joined Melloh on First Team All-Midwest Region from the NFCA. She hit eight home runs and drove in 35 runs on the season and finished sixth and fifth, respectively, on the IU career lists for both.
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