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    Hoosiers Ready to Open NCAA Tournament Against DePaul

    Go Hoosiers! The Hoosiers will be playing in their first NCAA Tournament since 2006.
    Go Hoosiers!
    The Hoosiers will be playing in their first NCAA Tournament since 2006.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 19, 2011

    NCAA Tournament - Columbia Regional
    DePaul (39-13) vs. Indiana (37-16) • 5:00 p.m. ET

    Illinois State (35-17) at #5 Missouri (46-7) • 7:30 p.m. ET
     Date May 20
     Location University Field (Columbia, Mo.)
     Tournament Schedule Complete Weekend Schedule
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     Series History Indiana trails DePaul, 7-4
    Indaina trails Illinois State, 20-17
    Indiana trails Missouri, 10-5
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    FIRST PITCH
    The Indiana Hoosiers finished second in the Big Ten with a 17-3 conference record, its best conference finish since winning the 1994 Big Ten championship. Powered by a 15-game overall winning streak from April 9 through May 7, the Hoosiers have posted the most wins in a season since 1996. Inlcuded in that win streak was a school-record 14-game conference winning streak that propelled IU from a 1-2 conference mark to 15-2 before a loss at Northwestern ended the streak.

    FAST NOTES
    • This is the seventh NCAA Tournament appearance for Indiana and the first since 2006
    • The Hoosiers are 11-13 all-time in the NCAA Tournament
    • Melloh has 477 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 holds the Big Ten single-season record for strikeouts in conference games (221)
    • Melloh holds the Big Ten single-season record for strikeouts in all games (477)
    • She is also 6-4 in her career in the NCAA Tournament with a 2.30 ERA while at Fresno State
    • The last time IU finished above .500 in Big Ten play was 1996 (16-7)
    Sara Olson reached base safely in 19 of 20 Big Ten games this season
    • Olson led the conference with 12 HBP and an on-base percentage of .667 in Big Ten play
    Morgan Melloh is 2nd the NCAA with 477 strikeouts and is 9th on the NCAA Career Strikeout List with 1615
    • She became the IU single-season strikeout leader with 14 strikeouts versus Ball State to give her 375, surpassing the previous record of 370 set by Amy Unterbrink in 1986
    Breanna Saucedo enters play this weekend riding a 8-game hit streak, during which she is hitting .345
    Cassie Gogreve has thrown out 15-of-49 attempted base stealers this season (23 last year to lead BCS catchers)
    • Since the start of the IU Classic on March 18, the Hoosiers are 25-4 overall and 17-1 at home
    • IU is 11-5 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 29-2
    • The third inning has belonged the Hoosiers this season, as they have outscored their opponents 45-17

    FOLLOWING THE HOOSIERS
    There are a number of ways to follow the Hoosiers this weekend at the Columbia Regional and all of them can be found at IUHoosiers.com. First, fans can listen to all of the Hoosiers games this weekend for FREE by clicking on the "live audio" link on the schedule page. The Voice of Indiana Softball, Dave Leno, will be calling all the exciting play-by-play action. On that same schedule page, fans will find the GameTracker link for all the games.

    If you are out and about and not able to be by a computer, you can follow in-game updates on Twitter by going to twitter.com/IUSoftball. There will also be fres streaming video of all games at mutigers.tv.

    ALL-BIG TEN ACCOLADES
    Morgan Melloh - Big Ten Pitcher of the Year
    Sara Olson - First Team (First Base)
    Morgan Melloh - First Team (Pitcher)
    Amanda Wagner - Second Team (DP)
    Jenna Abraham - Third Team (OF)

    READ THE ENTIRE ALL-BIG TEN RELEASE HERE

    This marks the first year since 2006 that the Hoosiers had a player named to the First Team All-Big Ten. It is also the first time since 1994 that two players were named to the first team.

    Morgan Melloh becomes the first IU pitcher to be named Big Ten Pitcher of the Year since Gina Ugo in 1996. In addition to Melloh and Ugo, Tammy Connor (1985) is the only other Indiana pitcher to have received the award.

    Sara Olson received First Team All-Big Ten honors at first base, her first all-confernence selection.

    The second team distinction is the first of Amanda Wagner's career and the third team honor is the first for Abraham as well.

    MORGAN MOWS `EM DOWN
    Big Ten Pitcher of the Year 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 38 complete games to her credit and 307.1 innings pitched to go with a Big Ten-best 477 strikeouts. She broke the Indiana single-season strikeout 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 27 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 1615 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.

    HOME COOKIN'
    With their 17-1 mark in home games this season, the Hoosiers have posted their best home mark since a 18-5 mark during the 1990 season.

    STREAKS
    Indiana held the nation's longest win streak - 15 games - going into their May 8 matchup with Northwestern, but fell to the Wildcats by a score of 4-1 to end the streak.

    The 15-game win streak was the longest since a 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.

    SAUCEDO SETS THE TABLE
    Sophomore shortstop Breanna Saucedo has quickly cemented her place at the top of the Indiana batting order. She has started every game during her first two seasons and has a career .329 batting average. Of the 101 games she has played, she has hit leadoff in 96. Saucedo enters Regional play riding a eight-game hit streak as well.

    She is also just the second player in Indiana history to lead the team in hits in each of her first two seasons. The other was Dianne Christiansen in 1977 and 1978.

    In addition, Saucedo has a team-leading 32 multi-hit games over the last two seasons. Defensively, she went from 23 errors as a freshman to just 12 this season to increase her fielding percent by 20 points.

    WAGS IS HERE
    Second Team All-Big Ten designated player 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 hit .278 with five home runs and 14 RBI and struck out just once in 29 at-bats. Over the first 36 games of the season, Wagner hit 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.

    Since that pinch-hit appearnace against Penn State, Wagner has six home runs and 16 RBI to go with a .721 slugging percentage.

    OLSON DOES IT ALL
    First Team All-Big Ten first baseman Sara Olson is the unquestioned leader of the Hoosier this year. She leads the team with a .338 overall batting average and .497 on-base percentage for the season.

    In Big Ten play, those numbers get even more impressive, as she is fourth in the conference with a .425 batting average and leads the conference with a .667 on-base percentage. The right-handed hitting slugger also leads the conference in hit-by-pitch 12. In addition, she has reached base safely in 19 of 20 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.

    DON'T "WARRUM" OUT
    Through the first 13 games of the season, freshman Ashley Warrum had made one start and received six plate appearnances. But she was inserted into the lineup against Cal State Fullerton and the rest is history. She went on to hit .303 for the year with two doubles, four triples and 10 RBI.

    She joined the team as a walk-on in the Fall after attending Indiana last year as a student and not playing softball.

    HONEST ABRAHAM
    Jenna Abraham is another freshman that got off to a slow start but quickly turned it on once Big Ten play started. Abraham received Third Team All-Big Ten honors from the conference on Wednesday (May 18).

    Over the first 30 games of the year, she hit .191 with one home run and eight RBI. Over the last 23 games, Abraham is hitting .323 and was among leaders in batting averages for Big Ten outfielders at .346 in conference games.

    THE SAY "HEY" KID
    Samantha Heyman possesses one of the strongest outfield arms in the Big Ten, registering three outfield assists in conference games and two of those she threw the runner out at home plate. Overall on the year, she has five outfield assists on the year to give her a career total of eight.

    Her bat has been coming alive as of late as well, hitting .300 over the final eight Big Ten games out of the nine spot in the order.

    CALLANAN COMES BACK
    Lindsay Callanan missed a month of action due to a hand injury, but returned for the final two series of the season against Northwestern and Purdue. She has the ability to play any of the outfield positions and has hit predominately out of the number two spot in the batting order.

    NOT STANDING AROUND
    Kelsey Stander is one of the best base stealing threats on the team. In her three seasons at IU, she is 25-for-32 in stolen bases and for her career is 36-for-43. Stander is the team leader in career games played, having seen the field in 188 games over her four years, dating back to her freshman season at Tennessee.

    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. 28 - trailing only Michigan among Big Ten teams.

    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.

    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.

     

     

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