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Arabs collect first PCC win

March 03, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College women's softball team picked up its first win in two tries in the Pacific Coast Conference here Friday behind a four-run second inning that led to a 7-3 decision.

Some inconsistent pitching by San Diego City's Cardina Castro gave the Arabs (7-5 overall, 1-1 PCC) three run-scoring walks and a run on a wild pitch in the second frame, while IVC easily banged Castro for three more runs. The Arabs, who have had trouble fielding this season, committed six errors, but their offense outlasted its mistakes.

"They did a pretty good job," said IVC coach Jill Lerno. "We still have to clean up all our mistakes however, because against better teams those errors could allow them to catch us."

Arab starting pitcher Jennifer Briseño showed her prowess by shutting down San Diego City in the first two innings. Briseño faced seven batters and allowed just one hit. IVC's offense took notice of Briseño's dominance early and wasted little time breaking open the game.


Erika Baxter led the Arabs' half of the second frame with a single and Jennifer Burgos followed with another hit. Castro then walked the next two batters, Karen Rivera and Briseño, with the latter driving in a run. Following a strikeout of Kristine Morales, Castro again couldn't find the strike zone as she walked in two more Arab runners with walks to Adela Green and Veronica Briseño to push IVC's lead to 3-0.

Castro recorded another out but uncorked a wild pitch with Olga Noris at the plate, allowing Green to score from third for 4-0.

IVC added two more runs, one each in the third and fourth inning, for a 6-0 lead as Briseño continued to cruise through San Diego City's lineup. Briseño faced just eight batters in the third and fourth innings. The Arabs picked up a run in the third with an RBI single by Briseño after Rivera, who went 3-for-3, knocked a triple. Baxter drove in another run in the fourth with a groundout that scored Nicole Morlet.

The Arabs brought some San Diego City adversity on themselves in the fifth frame by allowing City's first two batters aboard via errors. Briseño followed by getting Amanda Orsin to ground out, but the runners moved up on the play and lead-off hitter Christina Escamilla followed with a single to score Irene Burgos.

IVC recorded its second out with a fielder's choice at home plate, but a double steal during the next at-bat allowed Escamilla to score for 6-2. Another error on a single by Nicole Haynes in left field allowed another run to come home, but Mariel Martinez recovered the ball and gunned down Haynes as she tried to take home on the miscue.

The three runs were an aberration however, as Jennifer Briseño went back to work in the sixth and seventh innings and her defense was able to back her up, despite a couple more errors. IVC meanwhile, added another run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single by Burgos, who had three hits, after Noris banged a triple.

"It was a nice win," said Briseño, who had two RBIs and pitched seven innings allowing just seven hits and no earned runs. "It would have been better without our errors because they capitalized on them. Hopefully we can continue to match our offense we put out today. I think this game gave us a lot of confidence."

IVC will return to action at 1 p.m. Wednesday at home against Palomar.

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