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Briseño's no-hitter comes as surprise

April 03, 2001|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

When it comes to softball or baseball, there is almost nothing more exciting than watching a dominant pitching performance.

At times, though, the pitcher and the team can be so enthralled in the game the individual performance almost goes unnoticed.

Such was the case with Imperial Valley College's Michelle Briseño. In IVC's 4-2 Pacific Coast Conference win over San Diego Mesa College on Thursday, what looked to be a clear-cut Arab victory turned out to be a dogfight, with IVC holding on for the win.

What went unnoticed until after the game was the first no-hitter of Briseño's career and the first for the Arabs since coach Jill Lerno took over seven years ago.


"I didn't even know I had a no-hitter until after the game. It was just a surprise," said the 19-year-old sophomore from Calexico. "I was more focused on just getting the win. I really wanted that win because we lost to them earlier this year."

Briseño finished her seven-inning masterpiece with five strikeouts, no earned runs and one walk shy of a perfect game. San Diego Mesa scored its two runs on IVC defensive errors in the sixth inning.

"I kind of expected us to win, but I never thought I'd throw a no-hitter," Briseño said. "I never thought I'd ever throw a no-hitter. I guess it was just one of those things where sometimes the pitcher's on and the batters aren't."

The day before her no-hitter, Briseño did some relief work in IVC's 7-5 loss to Southwestern College, pitching three scoreless innings, striking out three and scattering five hits.

Briseño has suffered from a lack of run support in most of her games, explaining her 5-6-1 overall record and her 1-4 mark in the PCC. She has a 2.23 ERA and is averaging more than two strikeouts a game.

As a true team player, individual accomplishments are the last things that concern Briseño.

"She just goes out and does her best and doesn't worry about her stats. That's what makes her effective because she doesn't let things bother her," said Lerno. "She's out there for the team and never out for herself."

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