April 19, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY -
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Indiana University's Morgan Melloh (Fishers, Ind.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the Week of April 11-17. Indiana received votes, 10 points, in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll after a 5-0 weekend which saw Melloh throw 58 strikeouts for a 4-0 record with one save. She is the first Indiana player to receive the award since Mariangee Bogado on May 9, 2006.
"It is a tremendous honor to receive this award and I am very grateful. Without the support of my family, coaches and teammates it would not have been possible," said Melloh. "My teammates made some outstanding plays in the field behind me so it was a total team effort. We had a lot of confidence coming into the week and came up with the hits when we needed them to keep that confidence going in Big Ten play."
Her 4-0 record came against Big Ten opponents Ohio State (3-2 and 9-0) and Wisconsin (4-3 and 6-3). She entered in during the fourth inning against Indiana State for the save. Her 29.1 innings of work included a 21 strikeout performance against Wisconsin on Saturday, a 4-3 (eight) victory, along with two other double digit strikeout performances. She recorded 15 strikeouts in seven innings in the opening game against Ohio State, allowing two runs. She closed out the week issuing 12 strikeouts to Wisconsin.
"This is a phenomenal honor for Morgan and our program and we could not be more proud of her," said Indiana Head Coach Michelle Gardner. "She was outstanding in all five games last week but to have 21 strikeouts in an eight-inning game against a very good Wisconsin team was truly special."
In the 9-0 victory over Ohio State on April 13, Melloh recorded seven strikeouts in five innings, also giving up two hits. She was a part of the offense that forced a run-rule going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
For her efforts she was also named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the third straight week on Monday, becoming just the fifth pitcher in Big Ten history to claim the award three straight weeks. This is the first-time honor for Melloh.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed four World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.