Feb. 24, 2011
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CATHEDRAL CITY CLASSIC
All games will be broadcast LIVE via All-Access at IUHoosiers.com (subscription required)
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Indiana vs. Florida 1:00 p.m. ET Listen Live
Indiana trails all-time series, 0-3
Indiana vs. San Diego State 9:00 p.m. ET Listen Live
Indiana trails all-time series, 1-4
Friday, Feb. 25, 2011
Indiana vs. California 4:00 p.m. ET Listen Live
Indiana trails all-time series, 0-4
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Indiana vs. Cal State Fullerton 8:30 p.m. ET Listen Live
Indiana trails the all-time series, 0-3
Indiana vs. Loyola Marymount 11:00 p.m. ET Listen Live
All-Time series tied, 1-1
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After going 3-2 at the USF Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., last week, the Hoosiers look to continue their solid play this week at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The tournament is hosted by Oregon State University and features 33 teams from across the country. Breanna Saucedo leads Indiana with a .441 batting average and hit .500 at the USF Tournament last week. Morgan Melloh upped her career strikeout total to 1,203, which puts her in a tie for 26th on the NCAA Career Strikeout list. Melloh is also 94-40 in her career as she continues to strive for win No. 100.
JUST FOR STARTERS
After getting off to relatively slow starts in her first two seasons at Indiana, head coach Michelle Gardner has led the Hoosiers to a 5-5 start to the 2011 campaign, the best start by an Indiana team since a 7-3 start to the 1997 ledger.
MY FIRST COLLEGIATE HIT WAS A...
Freshman outfielder Jenna Abraham collected her first collegiate base hit in style at the Kajikawa Classic, drivinga 3-2 pitch the opposite way over the right field fence for a three-run home run to break open a close game against Cal Poly. The Fishers, Ind., native finished the weekend hitting .333 with four hits and two runs scored.
Another freshman, Meaghan Murphy, made her first hit count as well with a two-run single down the first base line against Nevada.
JUST A "BRE'S"
Sophomore shortstop Breanna Saucedo continued her torrid hitting from her freshman year into her sophomore season, as she leads the team with a .441 batting average and has seven six multi-hit games to her credit already. Her career three-hit game total was increased to five after she collected three hits against DePaul in Clearwater.
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Dobson was nearly untouchable in her first five outings of 2011 as she pitched 9.2 innings of relief and surrendered just 11 hits while striking out 14. The Demotte, Ind., has yet to allow a run while in the cirlce.
OLSON TAKES HER TURN IN THE CIRCLE
Senior Sara Olson made one start during the opening weekend for the Hoosiers, but she made it a good one as she gave up just four hits and three runs - two earned - over six innings while striking out five against Cal Poly for her 17th career win. She was able to work around five walks and stranded eight Mustangs on base in the outing, the 90th of her IU career.
HERE'S WHAT COMING BACK
The 2011 edition of the Indiana softball team will feature a mix of returning veterans as well as newcomers that could be ready to step in and compete right from day one. The Hoosiers return 11 letterwinners and seven starters from last year while adding six newcomers to the fold.
Leading the list of returners is senior pitcher/utility Sara Olson, as she led the team in home runs and RBI at the plate and was also one of the most dependable pitchers for head coach Michelle Gardner. Junior catcher Cassie Gogreve proved that she is among the nations best in holding opponent base runners at bay as she caught 23 runners attempting to steal last year, the best total among all BCS conference catchers.
Morgan Melloh NAMED TO ASA TOP 50 WATCHLIST
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, has selected its initial "Watch List" for the 10th Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher and two-time winner Washington's Danielle Lawrie.
Among the 50 players named was Indiana senior pitcher Morgan Melloh, who will be in her first year with the Hoosiers. A transfer from Fresno State, Melloh is the active leader in career strikeouts in the NCAA going into the 2011 sesaon with 1,138. She was named an All-American in 2008 as a freshman at FSU and is one of four pitchers in the history of NCAA softball to record back-to-back seasons of 450 or more strikeouts to start her collegiate career.
The 2011 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 36 schools and 15 different NCAA Division I Conferences with the Pac-10 Conference leading the way with seven schools represented. The list includes 23 seniors, 12 juniors and 15 sophomores.
IU SOFTBALL ON THE RADIO
The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced that each and every game during the 2011 season will be carried LIVE through IUHoosiers.com. For more information on the broadcasts, go to IUHoosiers.com and look for the "Live Broadcast" link on the softball page.
Dave Leno will have the call for all the broadcasts, with Nathan Wiechers providing color commentary. Leno served as the voice of the IU volleyball and men's and women's soccer teams this past fall. Wiechers is the team's sports information contact and is in fourth season with the softball team.