Melloh Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for Second Straight Week
April 11, 2011
CHICAGO - Indiana senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh (Fishers, Ind.) was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 10 the conference office announced Monday afternoon. It is the second consecutive week Melloh has claimed at least a share of the weekly award.
"It feels great to win the award for the second straight week," Melloh said, "but it would not have been possible without my teammates. They were outstanding in the field behind me and put runs on the board to allow us to get a couple of big conference wins on the road."
Melloh becomes just the second Indiana pitcher to claim the award on back-to-back weeks, joining Gina Ugo who did it on May 10 and May 17 during the 1994 season. Additionally, she is just the fourth IU pitcher overall to win the award, joining Mariangee Bogado, Christy Brown and Ugo.
Dating back to her first three seasons at Fresno State, Melloh has now garnered ten weekly awards combined between the WAC and Big Ten. She had eight from the WAC in her first three seasons and now two from the Big Ten this season.
Melloh posted a 2-1 record on the week and did not allow an earned run in 21.1 innings of work. She suffered the tough-luck loss at Louisville on Wednesday when she gave up an earned run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
She continued her domination over the weekend at Penn State, surrendering zero runs on just three hits over 15 innings of work in a pair of late-inning victories for the Hoosiers. She has 12 strikeouts in a 1-0 IU win in eight innings in game one while allowing just one hit and then followed that up by giving up two hits in game two, a game the Hoosiers won on a RBI single from Amanda Wagner in the seventh inning.
The series sweep in Happy Valley is the first for the Hoosiers since 1998 and the third straight season under head coach Michelle Gardner that Indiana has swept a conference series on the road.
The senior is currently tied for ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list with 1,441. Her 303 strikeouts are the second-most in a single-season by an IU pitcher and she is just the second Indiana pitcher to surpass the 300-strikeout milestone (Amy Unterbrink in 1986 with 370).
Indiana will have a busy week this week as they host Ohio State on Wednesday for a conference double dip at 2pm and 4pm. Then on Thursday, the Indiana State Sycamores come to town for a 3pm matchup at the IU Softball field before a weekend clash with the Wisconsin Badgers closes the week. Sunday's game against the Badgers can be seen LIVE on the Big Ten Network starting at Noon.
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