Melloh Makes It Three Consecutive Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Awards
April 18, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana senior left-handed pitcher Morgan Melloh (Fishers, Ind.) was named Big Ten Pitcher of the week for the third week in a row, the Big Ten announced on Monday. Melloh posted a 4-0 record with one save in 29.1 innings for the week ending on April 17.
Melloh is only the fifth pitcher to win the award three consecutive times, and the first since Ohio State's Jamee Juarez did so in 2007. Gina Ugo, who won three times in 1994, is the only other Indiana pitcher to accomplish this feat. It is also the 11th time in her career that she has been named pitcher of the week by a conference office - eight by the WAC and three by the Big Ten.
"Morgan was once again tremendous in the circle with 58 strikeouts this week," Indiana head coach Michelle Gardner said. "And not to take anything away from her, but we also had some other players on the team step up as well offensively so this really is a team award and we are thrilled."
Melloh began the week with a pair of wins over Ohio State. She allowed just two runs in the first game of a doubleheader against the Buckeyes while striking out 15. Melloh then pitched a shutout in the Hoosiers' 9-0 victory in five innings in the second game.
She stepped into the role of closer against Indiana State and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing zero hits to earn the save.
On Saturday, Melloh pitched 8.0 innings and recorded a career-high 21 strikeouts to lead the Hoosiers to 4-3 victory over Wisconsin. She finished the weekend by giving up just two runs in the second game of the series against the Badgers, which was won when Amanda Wagner hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Melloh's dominating performance this week gives her a total of 361 strikeouts, nine away from the single season strikeout record of 370 reached by Amy Unterbrink in 1986.
The Hoosiers have won seven straight Big Ten games, the longest such streak since a 10-0 start to the 1994 Big Ten campaign.
The Hoosiers will face Ball State in Bloomington on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. before heading to East Lansing to take on Michigan State this weekend.
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