April 19, 2011
The Hoosiers extended their win streak to seven games with a rousing win on Sunday against Wisconsin thanks to a walk-off grand slam by Amanda Wagner in the bottom of the seventh inning. Not only was it seven straight wins overall but it is also seven wins in a row in Big Ten play - the longest such streak since 1994. The victory also gave the Hoosiers a 12-game win streak at home and a 12-1 record at the IU Softball Field this season.
WALK IT OFF
Indiana waited until its final at bat in both games against Wisconsin over the weekend to complete the come-from-behind victory. On Saturday, Sara Olson singled to left field and a UW error allowed the winning run to score easily from second base. Then on Sunday, the Hoosiers trailed by a run going to the bottom of the seventh inning but a back-to-back singles followed by a walk to Olson loaded the bases for Wagner's dramatics.
It marked the ninth comeback win for Indiana this season and the third game-winning hit for Wagner. She had a walk-off fielder's choice against San Diego State early in the season and then had the winning single in a 1-0 game at Penn State.
Following a perfect 5-0 week, the Indiana Hoosiers have started to garner more national attention. The first sign that head coach Michelle Gardner has the program going in the right direction is that they were receiving votes in the ESPN.com/USA Today Top 25 poll, checking in with eight points - just three positions out of the top 25.
Later in the day on Tuesday, Morgan Melloh was then named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for her efforts against Ohio State, Indiana State and Wisconsin. She was 4-0 in the circle and also had a save while pitching 29.1 innings and registering an astounding 58 strikeouts. She now has 361 strikeouts this season, just nine shy of the Indiana single-season record held by Amy Unterbrink. (To read the full release, click here)
THE CONFERENCE BEST THREE WEEKS RUNNING
Melloh continued her dominance in Big Ten play, improving to 8-2 in conference games this season and 22-14 overall. She leads the conference in numerous categories, including ERA, Innings Pitched, Strikeouts and opponent batting average. She has 119 strikeouts in 70 innings of work and opponents are hitting just .165 against her.
Last weekend against Wisconsin, she posted 21 strikeouts, a new career high, in a eight inning win over the Badgers.