April 15, 2011
The Hoosiers return to conference action this weekend against Wisconsin, looking to add on to its five-game win streak. Indiana swept Penn State on the road last weekend and then took both games of a Wednesday doubleheader against Ohio State and a single game with Indiana State.
Indiana will be looking to match its six-game win streak from earlier in the season with a win on Saturday and improve upon its best start to a season since 1996.
During the five-game win streak, Amanda Wagner is hitting .714 with seven RBI and a .818 on-base percentage
Samantha Berenter collected just her 4th hit of the year on Thursday, a three-run home run to give IU a 3-2 lead against Indiana State
The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 21-4, during the current win streak
Morgan Melloh was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week
Melloh is just the second IU pitcher to ever receive the award on back-to-back weeks (Gina Ugo)
Melloh leads the NCAA with 328 strikeouts
She has joined Amy Unterbrink (1986) as the only two IU pitchers to record 300 or more strikeouts in a season
She is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1466
Jessica Dobson got the start at pitcher against Indiana State, ending a string of 75.1 stright innings pitched by Melloh
Since the start of the IU Classic, the Hoosiers are 13-3 overall and 10-1 at home
Cassie Gogreve has thrown out 12-of-35 attempted base stealers this season (23 last year to lead BCS catchers)
IU is also 8-5 in one-run games
The Hoosiers are 18-3 when they score first in the game
When Indiana scores three or more runs, they are 19-2
MORGAN MOWS `EM DOWN
Senior pitcher Morgan Melloh has started her Indiana career just as she did her Fresno State career - by being a workhorse in the circle and registering strikeout after strikeout. She has 23 complete games to her credit and 217.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 328 strikeouts. Assuming she keeps up at this strikeout-per-game pace, she will have a chance to be the single-season leader in strikeouts at Indiana (370 by Amy Unterbrink in 1986).
The two-time defending BIg Ten Pitcher of the Week, Melloh has 17 games with 10+ strikeouts, most recently recording 15 strikeouts in the first game against Ohio State. The most strikeouts she has recroded in a game this season is 17 against Butler, the second most for her in her career. In Big Ten play, she has allowd just 31 hits in 55 innings of work and has a conference-best 1.02 ERA.
Melloh's career total of 1466 strikeouts puts her in ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list.
OLSON DOES IT ALL
Senior Sara Olson has a 3-0 record in the circle this year and leads the team with a .355 batting average, seven home runs, seven doubles and 27 RBI. Her 12 multi-hit games are second on the team and she is hitting .444 during the current five-game win streak. She has 24 career home runs to put her in a tie for sixth place on the Indiana career home runs list and her 87 career RBI are 11th-most in IU history.
BERENTER BREAKS THROUGH
Junior Samantha Berenter was having her struggles at the plate for the Hoosiers, but got the start against Indiana State at second base. The Poway, Calif., native came through with her fourth hit of the season when the Hoosiers needed it most. With the Hoosiers trailing 2-0 in the fourth inning, Berenter drilled a three-run home run to left center field, the third home run of her career, to give IU a 3-2 lead and propel them to the win.
WAGS WOWS `EM
Sophomore utility infielder Amanda Wagner was another Hoosier that had produced at the plate last year but was still looking to find her swing in 2011. Over the last four games, Wagner is hitting .711 with two home runs and seven RBI.
It all started with a pinch-hit RBI single at Penn State in the seventh inning to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 victory. The next time out in a double header against Ohio State, Wagner deposited a pitch well beyond the left field fence for her first home run of the season. In game two of the doubleheader, the right-handed slugger clubbed an opposite field homer to aid the Hoosiers 9-0 win in five innings. And then the following day against Indiana State, she laced a double down the right field line to plate a pair of insurance runs in the Hoosiers 5-2 win.
Sophomore pitcher Jessica Dobson got the start in the circle against Indiana State on April 14, just her second start of the season and her first since March 15 against Tulsa. In her most recent start, she went 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits while working around four walks to pick up the win.