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Softball: Briseño no-hits Mesa in Arabs 4-2 win

March 30, 2001|By ROBERT FULTON, Special to this newspaper

IMPERIAL — When a softball team has a pitcher on her mark, it is difficult for that team to lose.

A no-hitter is exceptionally helpful in pursuing victory.

Behind a dominating pitching performance by Michelle Briseño, the Imperial Valley College softball team downed San Diego Mesa College 4-2 here on Thursday.

And yes, Briseño tossed a no-hitter.

"It feels good," Briseño said. "I felt pretty confident."

It was the first ever no-hitter for Briseño, who has taken the bulk of IVC's starts this season.

The Arab star finished with five strikeouts and two walks.

Briseño is 5-6-1 on the year and 1-4 in the Pacific Coast Conference.

IVC jumped on top in the second inning. With the bases loaded, Mariel Martinez was walked, forcing in Olga Norris.

The Arabs added two more runs in the fifth inning. The first came when Norris drove in Kristine Morales with a single to right. The second run in the inning came with Erika Baxter at the plate. An attempt to catch Norris off first by Mesa catcher Yvette Vasquez flew by Olympian first baseman Amanda Darby and ended up in right field. Norris raced home to give the Arab's a 3-0 lead.

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"I felt pretty good," Norris said. "I kept hitting line drives that were being caught, though."

Mesa added a couple runs in the top of the sixth on sloppy play by the Arabs, but IVC regained the all-important breathing room in their half of the inning. The Arabs added a run when Baxter was walked with the bases loaded, bringing in Adela Green.

The losing pitcher for Mesa was Lilia Brekke, who lasted 4 and 1/3 innings. She allowed three runs, walked five and struck out two.

Erin Myers pitched the rest of the game, bringing some serious heat off the bench. She allowed one run while striking out two and walking two.

Despite the dominating performance by Briseño, the win was sloppy as some IVC mishaps allowed the Olympians to get their runs in the sixth inning without a hit.

Still, a win is a win.

"It feels really good," said IVC head coach Jill Lerno. "We needed this win, though we could have played better in the sixth inning."

Additional concern for IVC is lack of capitalizing on opportunities. The contest could have been a laugher. The Arabs had the bases loaded three times but ]managed only four runs.

"That's the way it's been all season," Lerno said. "We left 11 runners on. Yesterday against Southwestern, we left 11 on. If you leave more than five runners on, it's aggravating. We hit the ball when there's nobody on."

The win pushes the Arabs' record to 12-12-1 overall and 4-6 in PCC play.

"I think we're getting better," Norris said. "We're not making (as many) errors."

Briseño added, "We're doing good. Those ones we lost we could have won."

The Arabs will play three home games next week, starting with Southwestern at 3 p.m. Monday.

Southwest 2, Yuma 1

YUMA — The Southwest High School softball team fell 2-1 to Yuma High here Thursday.

Lisa Garcia took the loss for Southwest.

Mary Sanders led Southwest with two hits and Ana Alcarez added an RBI.

Southwest will host Palo Verde at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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