April 29, 2011
|Iowa (26-19, 8-6 Big Ten) at Indiana (32-15, 12-2 Big Ten)
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The Hoosiers win streak reached historic length on Thursday with a doubleheader sweep at Illinois to take over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings. Indiana run-ruled the Fighting Illini in game one by a score of 8-0 in six innings behind a one-hitter by Morgan Melloh. Sara Olson and Cassie Gogreve both drove in three runs for the IU bats. In game two, Melloh was once again dominant, allowing one run on three hits while Ashley Warrum drove in a pair of runs to pace the offense.
The win streak now stands at 12 stright overall, which is the longest since a 16-game win streak during the 1994 season. The current 11-game win streak in Big Ten play is the longest such streak in school history.
Sara Olson has reached base in 29 of her last 37 plate appearances in Big Ten play
Olson has been HBP in nine of the last 11 games and leads the conference with 10
Morgan Melloh leads the NCAA with 418 strikeouts and is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1556
By reaching 400 strikeouts this season, she is the 8th pitcher in NCAA history to do so in three seasons
She became the IU single-season strikeout leader with 14 strikeouts against Ball State to give her 375 this year
Jessica Dobson got the start at pitcher against Indiana State, ending a string of 75.1 straight innings pitched by Melloh
Since the start of the IU Classic, the Hoosiers are 20-3 overall and 13-1 at home
Cassie Gogreve has thrown out 13-of-46 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 26-2
FAST NOTES DURING 12-GAME WIN STREAK
Amanda Wagner is hitting .310 with four home runs and 13 RBI during the win streak
Jenna Abraham has the top average during the streak, hitting .407
The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 56-15, during the current win streak
Indiana has had to come-from-behind to win five of the 12 games during the streak
Melloh is 11-0 with 11 complete games and a 0.98 ERA to go with a save in the only game she didn't start
Opponents are hitting just .143 against IU pitching during the streak
Melloh is averaging 12.0 strikeouts per 7 IP during the streak
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 32 complete games to her credit and 266.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 418 strikeouts. She recently broke the Indiana single-season striekout record with 14 K's against Ball State (April 20) to give her 375 at the time, breaking Amy Unterbrink's mark of 370 set during the 1986 season.
The three-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Melloh has 24 games with 10+ strikeouts this season, led by a 21 strikeout performance 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 1556 strikeouts puts her in ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list. See page 2 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 this weekend riding a 12-game winning streak following a Thursday sweep at Illinois.
The 12-game win streak is the longest since a perfect 16-game win streak late in the 1994 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 11-game win streak in conference play is the longest in school history. The previous long win streak in conference was a 10-0 start to the 1994 Big Ten slate on their way to a 23-5 conference record and a Big Ten title.
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).
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 12-game win streak, Wagner is hitting .310 with four home runs and 13 RBI and has not struck out in 29 at-bats. Over the first 37 games of the season, Wagner was hitting just .121 with 23 strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
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. Last weekend against Michigan State, she capped off a big inning for the Hoosiers with a two-run home run.
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, eight doubles and a career-high 32 RBI. Her 13 multi-hit games are second on the team and she is hitting .400 during the current 12-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 92 career RBI are tied for seventh-most in IU history.
In her last 37 plate appearances in Big Ten play, Olson has reached first base safely 28 times. She leads the conference with a .740 on-base percentage and is fourth with a .536 batting average. In 14 Big Ten games, she has been hit by pitch 10 times and walked 12 times.
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 April 13, 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 April 17 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 then-No. 3 Michigan), the difficult schedule has allowed the team to enjoy one of the best RPI rankings in the Big Ten at No. 29 - trailing only Michigan among Big Ten teams (as of April 27)