May 6, 2011
Indiana enters the home stretch of Big Ten play as one of the hotest teams in the country, riding a 14-game win streak, which is the longest since a 16-game win streak during the 1994 season. And with the Hoosiers tied with Michigan for first place in the Big Ten at 14-2, the last time the Hoosiers were in the lead in the conference this late in the season was that same 1994 season, when they went on to claim their last conference title.
Morgan Melloh was the story again last week as she went 4-0 in the circle with a 0.52 ERA while allowing just seven hits total over 27.0 innings of work to earn her fourth Big Ten Pitcher of the Week accolade of the season. In the last game against Iowa, she was one out away from a no-hitter before a soft single to center broke it up with two outs in the seventh inning. Leading the way at the plate last week was freshman Jenna Abraham with a .538 average with three runs scored. Sara Olson hit .300 with a home run and six RBI.
With nine more strikeouts, Melloh will become just the 5th pitcher in NCAA history to record 450 or more strikeouts in three seasons during their career (Abbott, Osterman, Tincher, Lawrie).
The 14-game win streak is the 2nd longest active streak in the nation, trailing DePaul's 16-game streak
Sara Olson has reached base safely in 15 of 16 Big Ten games this season
Olson has been HBP in nine of the last 13 games and leads the conference with 10
Olson leads the Big Ten with a .696 on-base percentage in Big Ten play
Morgan Melloh leads the NCAA with 441 strikeouts and is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1579
She became the IU single-season strikeout leader with 14 strikeouts against Ball State to give her 375 this year
Since the start of the IU Classic on March 18, the Hoosiers are 22-3 overall and 15-1 at home
Cassie Gogreve has thrown out 14-of-47 attempted base stealers this season (23 last year to lead BCS catchers)
IU is 9-5 in one-run games
The Hoosiers are 11-0 when they score a run in the first inning this season
When Indiana scores three or more runs, they are 28-2
FAST NOTES DURING 14-GAME WIN STREAK
Amanda Wagner is hitting .313 with five home runs and 15 RBI during the win streak
Jenna Abraham has the top average during the streak, hitting .424 and a slugging percentage of .576
The Hoosiers have outscored their opponents, 64-16, during the current win streak
Opponents are hitting just .134 against IU pitching during the streak
Melloh is averaging 11.9 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 34 complete games to her credit and 280.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 441 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 four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, Melloh has 25 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 11.0 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.
Melloh's career total of 1579 strikeouts puts her in ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list.
Indiana enters play this weekend riding a 14-game winning streak following a weekend sweep of Iowa in Bloomington. The 14-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 13-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 15-1 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 14-game win streak, Wagner is hitting .313 with five home runs and 15 RBI and has struck out once 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.