May 12, 2011
|Purdue (30-16-2, 8-7-1 Big Ten) at Indiana (35-16, 15-3 Big Ten)
||May 13 & 14
||Friday: 4:00 p.m. ET / Saturday: 1:00 p.m. ET
||Sunday: Big Ten Network (Wayne Randazzo and Leah Secondo)
||IU Softball Field (Bloomington, Ind.)
| Indiana Game Notes
||Indiana Game Notes
||Friday Gametracker | Saturday Gametracker
| Series History
||Purdue leads 29-24
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|| 15 minutes prior to Saturday's game, the three seniors on IU's team will be recognized on the field as part of Senior Day
After having the nation's longest active winning streak snapped on Sunday at Northwestern, the Hoosiers will look to rebound in the final weekend of regular season play as the host in-state rival Purdue. Indiana cannot finish any worse that second place in the Big Ten and still have a chance to claim the regular season crown, trailing Michigan by one game with two games left on the schedule. If the Hoosiers were to win the regular season title, it would be the first since 1994.
Melloh has 458 strikeouts this season, becoming just the 5th pitcher in NCAA history to record 450 or more strikeouts in three seasons during their career (Abbott, Osterman, Tincher, Lawrie).
Melloh needs 17 more strikeouts to tie the Big Ten single-season record for strikeouts in conference games
Melloh needs 11 more strikeouts to tie the Big Ten single-season record for strikeouts in all games
The last time IU finished above .500 in Big Ten play was 1996 (16-7)
With the 35 wins this season, it is also the most since that 1996 season when they were 37-24
IU is hitting .260 as a team this year, on pace for its best average since 2004 (.260)
Sara Olson has reached base safely in 17 of 18 Big Ten games this season
Olson leads the conference with 12 HBP and an on-base percentage of .698 in Big Ten play
Morgan Melloh is 2nd the NCAA with 458 strikeouts and is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1596
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 23-4 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 10-5 in one-run games
The Hoosiers are 12-0 when they score a run in the first inning this season
When Indiana scores three or more runs, they are 28-2
SENIORS FINAL HOME GAME
Saturday will mark the final home game for three IU seniors - Kelsey Stander, Morgan Melloh and Sara Olson. A brief ceremony to recognize their achievements will take place roughly 15 minutes prior to the 1:00 p.m. first pitch.
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 36 complete games to her credit and 293.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 458 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 26 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 1596 strikeouts puts her in ninth place on the NCAA career strikeout list.
Indiana held the nation's longest win streak - 15 games - going into Sunday's match-up with Northwestern, but fell to the Wildcats by a score of 4-1 to end the streak.
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 14-game win streak in conference play was 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.
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 at the midway point of the season. Over the 15-game win streak, Wagner is hitting .278 with five home runs and 14 RBI and has struck out just once in 29 at-bats. Over the first 36 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. She capped off her impressive hitting display with a walk-off grand slam against Wisconsin.
OLSON DOES IT ALL
Senior first baseman Sara Olson is the unquestioned leader of the Hoosier this year. She leads the team with a .349 overall batting average and .503 on-base percentage for the season.
In Big Ten play, those numbers get even more impressive, as she is second in the conference with a .472 batting average and leads the conference with a .698 on-base percentage. The right-handed hitting slugger also leads the conference in hit-by-pitch 12 through 18 games. In addition, she has reached base safely in 17 of 18 conference games this season.
The highlight of her season came at No. 3 Michigan, when she hit two home runs off UM ace Jordan Taylor, including the game-winner in the eighth inning. She accounted for all five RBI in the Hoosiers 5-4 victory, its first over Michigan since 1996.
She has 25 career home runs to put her in a tie for fifth place on the Indiana career home runs list and her 94 career RBI are tied for sixth-most in IU history.
CASSIE COMES THROUGH
Redshirt junior Cassie Gogreve has been another workhorse for the Hoosiers this season. She has been behind the plate for all but eight innings and has played in every game in the field. Her fielding percentage is .993 and she has over 500 chances.
While handling the duties behind the plate, Gogreve has also been taking care of business at the plate. During the recent 15-game win streak, she was second on the team with 10 RBI, trailing only Amanda Wagner's 14.
Looking deeper into her numbers, 10 of the 23 RBI that she has this season have come with two outs. And her .993 fielding percentage is among the best in the Big Ten and her three passed balls are the fewest among all conference opponents.