All-America Pitcher Morgan Melloh Transfers to Indiana for Senior Season
June 16, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University softball head coach Michelle Gardner announced the addition of left handed pitcher Morgan Melloh to the 2011 roster on Wednesday. Melloh, a native of Fishers, Ind., played for Fresno State the past three seasons and has transferred to Indiana to play her senior season closer to her family.
"Morgan is, without a doubt, an immediate impact player for our program," Gardner said. "She has proven that she can dominate games in the circle at an extremely high level and did it for three years at Fresno State. I know our program will benefit not just this upcoming season but also as we move forward and continue to push towards our goal of a Big Ten title."
Melloh posted a 90-35 career record at Fresno State and had a 1.76 earned run average in that span. She has 95 complete games to her credit and 42 shutouts in 112 career starts.
In her first two seasons, she recorded 904 strikeouts in 679.2 innings of work, joining Monica Abbott (Tennessee), Cat Osterman (Texas) and Angelica Selden (UCLA) as the only college pitchers to strikeout 400 batters in back-to-back seasons to start a college career. She added 234 this past season to bring her career strikeout total to an astounding 1138.
As a junior, she went 18-10 in the circle as Fresno State advanced to the NCAA Regional at UCLA, where the eventual national champion Bruins eliminated the Bulldogs. It marked the third consecutive season that Melloh led the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.
During her sophomore season, Melloh was 30-16 on the year and registered a 1.71 ERA in 319.1 innings pitched. In 44 games started, she finished 37 and had 17 shutouts. Her 450 strikeouts were the second most in the nation. She was named WAC Tournament MVP, First Team All-West Region and First Team All-WAC. Prior to the season she was named to the ASA Preseason Top 50 Watch List in addition to being named WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year.
All of those accolades were coming off the best freshman season in Fresno State history, where she went 42-9 in the circle with a 1.29 ERA on her way to Second Team All-America accolades. She finished with 20 shutouts pitched 360.1 innings while also tallying added three saves. The rookie also captured the WAC's pitching "Triple Crown" (wins, ERA and strikeouts) as she was named the conference's Freshman and Rookie of the Year.
Melloh attended Hamilton Southeastern High School and led them to a 31-0 record and the 2007 Indiana state title and was named "Indiana Miss Softball." She also garnered EA Sports First Team All-American honors.
Melloh will be eligible to play for the Hoosiers starting with the 2011 season and will have one year of eligibility left.
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