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.