April 22, 2011
Riding their longest winning streak since 2007, the Hoosiers take their act back on the road in conference play this weekend with a pair of games at Michigan State. The win streak sits at eight games following a 3-0 victory over Ball State on Wednesday at the IU Softball Field. In the game, Morgan Melloh posted 14 strikeouts to give her 375 this season and set a new Indiana single-season record for strikeouts, surpassing Amy Unterbrink's 370 from the 1986 season.
Breanna Saucedo's two-out RBI single in the fifth inning scored the first run of the game and then she scored the second run of the inning on Ashely Warrum's RBI single. Then in the sixth inning, Cassie Gogreve dropped a single to left field to plate Melloh, who had capped off her three-hit day with a double to start the inning.
Sara Olson has reach base in 18 of her last 22 plate appearances in Big Ten play
Amanda Wagner hit .500 with three home runs and 11 RBI during her recent six-game hit streak
The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 34-10, during the current eight game win streak
During the win streak, the IU defense has been outstanding - committing just two errors.
Morgan Melloh was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for the third consecutive week
She was also named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week on April 19
Melloh leads the NCAA with 375 strikeouts
She became the IU single-season strikeout leader with 14 strikeouts against Ball State to give her 375 this year
She is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1513
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 16-3 overall and 13-1 at home
Cassie Gogreve has thrown out 12-of-39 attempted base stealers this season (23 last year to lead BCS catchers)
IU is 9-5 in one-run games
The Hoosiers are 10-0 when they score a run in the first inning this season
When Indiana scores three or more runs, they are 22-2
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 28 complete games to her credit and 239.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 375 strikeouts. She recently broke the Indiana single-season striekout record with 14 K's against Ball State to give her 375 at the time, breaking Amy Unterbrink's mark of 370 set during the 1986 season.
The three-time defending BIg Ten Pitcher of the Week, Melloh has 20 games with 10+ strikeouts, most recently recording 21 strikeouts in the first game against Wisconsin in eight innings to set a new career high. She has also posted 17 strikeouts againt Butler and 14 strikeouts against then-No. 4 Florida. For the season, she is averaging 10.9 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.
Melloh's career total of 1513 strikeouts puts her in ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list. See page 4 of these game notes for a more in-depth look at Melloh's career by the numbers and where she could end up by the end of this season.
Indiana enters play at Michigan State this weekend riding an eight-game overall winning streak but also a seven-game Big Ten win streak.
The eight-game win streak is the longest since a nine-game win streak during the 2007 season. The Hoosiers also had a six-game win streak earlier this season after winning four games at the IU Classic and then taking both games of a doubleheader from Butler.
The seven-game win streak in conference play is the longest since a 10-0 start to Big Ten play in 1994. The 8-2 record in Big Ten action is also the best start to the conference season since that 1994 start.
With their 13-1 mark in home games, the Hoosiers have owned one of their best home records in considerable time. The 13 wins are already the most in a seson since a 16-5 record in 1994. Indiana has four home contests remaining this season (2 vs. Iowa and 2 vs. Purdue).
2 X 4 = 1
While it's impossible to count the odds, the Indiana Hoosiers did something that I'm sure few teams can claim: won a pair of games via walk-off grand slams in one week.
On Wednesday, Cassie Gogreve launched an opposite field shot in the fifth inning to give the Hoosiers a 9-0 win in five innings against Ohio State. Then on Sunday against Wisconsin, Amanda Wagner stepped in the box with the Hoosiers down a run and drilled a grand slam of her own to left to give Indiana the 6-3 victory.
RPI REMAINS HIGH
The Hoosiers have played eight games against teams ranked in the top 25 and a handful of games against teams that have been recieving votes at the time. While Indiana only has one win against Top 25 teams (a 5-4 win against current No. 1 Michigan), the difficult schedule has allowed the team to enjoy one of the best RPI rankings in the Big Ten at No. 30 - trailing only Michigan among Big Ten teams.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
The 2011 season has seen its share of comeback wins for the Hoosiers, capped off recently by Amanda Wagner's walk-off grand slam in the seventh inning against Wisconsin. All totaled, the Hoosiers have nine come-from-behind wins this season.
Here's a list of the comeback wins:
Date - Opponent - Deficit - Result
2/12 - Cal Poly - trailed 0-1 - won 7-3
2/20 - Ole Miss - trailed 0-3 - won 7-3
2/24 - San Diego St. - trailed 0-1 - won 3-2 (8)
2/26 - Cal St. Full. - trailed 0-1 - won 5-2
3/27 - Minnesota - trailed 0-2 - won 4-2
4/13 - Ohio State - trailed 0-2 - won 3-2
4/14 - Indiana State - trailed 0-2 - won 5-2
4/16 - Wisconsin - trailed 0-1 - won 4-3
4/17 - Wisconsin - trailed 2-3 - won 6-3
LATE INNING HEROICS
In addition to the comeback wins, the Hoosiers have had a penchant for waiting until the very last moment before rising up and getting the hit to win the game. Here is a list of the game-winning hits that have come in the sixth or seventh innings in 2011:
Date - Opponent - Result
2/24 - San Diego St. - Wagner FC in 8th
3/19 - EMU - Olson RBI 2B beats darkness
3/22 - Butler (Gm 1) - Murphy 2-run HR
3/22 - Butler (Gm 2) - Stander RBI 1B to RF
4/2 - Michigan (Gm 2) - Olson solo HR to LF in 8th
4/10 - Penn St. - Wagner PH RBI 1B to CF
4/11 - Penn St. - Heyman 1B to LF
4/13 - Ohio St. - C. Gogreve grand slam to RR
4/16 - Wisconsin - Olson 1B and UW error
4/17 - Wisconsin - Wagner walk-off GS
OLSON DOES IT ALL
Senior Sara Olson has a 3-0 record in the circle this year and leads the team with a .360 batting average, seven home runs, seven doubles and 27 RBI. Her 13 multi-hit games are second on the team and she is hitting .462 during the current eight-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.
In her last 22 plate appearances in Big Ten play, Olson has reached first base safely 18 times. She leads the conference with a .771 on-bae percentage and a .619 batting average. In just 10 Big Ten games, she has been hit by pitch nine times and was issued four walks by Wisconsin in game two.
WAGS IS HERE
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 seven games, Wagner is hitting .412 with three home runs and 11 RBI. Over the first 37 games of the season, Wagner was hitting just .121.
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.
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.
MY FIRST COLLEGIATE HIT WAS...
Freshman outfielder Jenna Abraham collected her first collegiate base hit in style at the Kajikawa Classic, drivinga 3-2 pitch the opposite way over the right field fence for a three-run home run to break open a close game against Cal Poly. The Fishers, Ind., native finished the weekend hitting .333 with four hits and two runs scored.
Another freshman, Meaghan Murphy, made her first hit count as well with a two-run single down the first base line against Nevada. The fourth freshman, Ashley Warrum collected her first collegiate hit against Cal State Fullerton with a single to left field.
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.
IU SOFTBALL ON THE RADIO
The Indiana University Department of Athletics announced that each and every game during the 2011 season will be carried LIVE through IUHoosiers.com. For more information on the broadcasts, go to IUHoosiers.com and look for the "Live Broadcast" link on the softball page.
Dave Leno will have the call for all the broadcasts, with Nathan Wiechers providing color commentary. Leno served as the voice of the IU volleyball and men's and women's soccer teams this past fall.
MELLOH NAMED USA SOFTBALL NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OKLAHOMA CITY (APRIL 19) - 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.
"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.