Softball Takes on Louisville in Non-Conference Road Tussle

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    April 5, 2011

    Indiana (20-14) at Louisville (26-10)
     Date April 6
     Time 5:30 p.m. ET
     Location Ulmer Stadium (Louisville, Ky.)
     Live Audio Live Audio
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     Series History Indiana trails 2-10 (lost seven straight)
     Social Media @IUSoftball

    Fresh off a 5-4 win in eight innings against then-No. 3 Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Hoosiers will continue its road trip with a Wednesday night contest against regional foe Louisville. The Cardinals have won seven straight against Indiana and hold a 10-2 edge in the all-time series.

    Each week, head coach Michelle Gardner sits down with Dave Leno to talk about the latest and greatest of what is going on with IU Softball. To watch this week's edition, click here.

    Senior first baseman Sara Olson (Orland Park, Ill.) and senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh (Fishers, Ind.) took home Player of the Week and Co-Pitcher of the Week honors from the Big Ten Conference on Monday.

    It marked the first time since the 2006 season that an Indiana player garnered either of the weekly awards. The last player of the week was Rachel Terry on April 23, 2006, and the last pitcher of the week was Mariangee Bogado on April 3, 2006.

    Sara Olson took care of the offense in the Hoosiers' 5-4 win in eight innings over No. 3 Michigan on Saturday, driving in all five runs in the victory. She opened the game with a two-run single in the first inning to give IU a 2-0 lead. After Michigan tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, Olson stepped in against Jordan Taylor and drilled a two-run home run to center field to give the Hoosiers another two-run advantage at 4-2. But once again the Wolverines came back to knot the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. But that's when Olson capped a special day with a solo home run to left field off Taylor in the eighth inning that propelled the Hoosiers to the triumph.

    Lost in Sara Olson's remarkable day at the plate in game two of the doubleheader at then-No. 3 Michigan was the dominating performance of left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh. The tossed a pair of complete games and fanned 21 Wolverine hitters - 14 in game two alone - on her way to a 1-1 record.

    Perhaps the highlight of the afternoon came in her final inning of work when she had to go through the top three hitters in the UM lineup with the tying run on base. Following a leadoff single to the number nine hitter in the lineup, Melloh retired Big Ten hits leader Bree Evans on strikes for the first out. A fielder's choice on the infield left a runner at first base with two outs for Big Ten home run leader Dorian Shaw. Melloh took just four pitches to retire the power-hitting first baseman and clinch the game for Indiana.

    With her 21 strikeouts last weekend, Morgan Melloh moved into 10th place on the NCAA career strikeout list with 1,416. She started the season outside the Top 25 on the list but her stellar season has allowed her to ascend the list quickly.

    In addition, her 278 strikeouts this season is good for the fourth-best single-season total in Indiana softball history. The top single-season strikeout total is 370 by Amy Unterbrink during the 1986 season.

    The win over Michigan was the first for the Hoosiers since the 1996 season - a span of 35 games. It was also the first win in Ann Arbor since 1993. For Michigan, it was their first regular season home loss since a 2-1 loss to Northwestern on April 27, 2008.

    Melloh's 278 strikeouts put her in second place among all NCAA pitchers, trailing Morgan Childers by 10. Her 16 victories are good for 18th place among pitchers while her 10.7 strikeouts per seven innings are the 13th best average.




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