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Arabs bomb City 16-1

April 07, 2001|By JON HINSHAW, Sports Writer

IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College softball team is one win from nailing down third place in the Pacific Coast Conference after it pounded 14 hits in four innings here Friday in a 16-1 shellacking of San Diego City College.

The win improves the Arabs to 5-8 in the conference (13-14-1 overall) with two games remaining. Both of IVC's next contests are on the road against Palomar (12-0 PCC) and San Diego Mesa (6-6). A win in either game gives IVC the No. 3 slot in the PCC and a shot at a wild-card berth in the California Junior College softball playoffs.

Every starter banged at least one hit for the Arabs with Olga Norris going 3-for-4. She had a single, triple and a homerun, collected four RBIs and scored twice. Mariel Martinez also nailed a homer, drove in three and scored twice.

"We were just on today," IVC coach Jill Lerno said. "We had good discipline at the plate and we hit the ball really well."

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The Arabs went ahead 5-1 after three innings, thanks to Norris' triple and homerun and Martinez's shot, but broke through in the bottom of the fourth with 11 runs.

Adela Green got the scoring started with a triple that scored Karen Rivera for a 6-1 lead. San Diego City then committed an error two batters later that allowed Green and Nicole Morlet, who walked, to score for an 8-1 advantage.

With Norris on base, San Diego City pitcher Carolina Castro walked Erika Baxter and allowed Lillian Morris to load the bases with a bunt single. Castro then walked Martinez for another score and gave up the first of six hits to Liliana Corona. Corona's single scored two and RBIs by both Rivera and Green brought the score to 13-1.

Jennifer Burgos continued the onslaught with a single that put runners on the corners with two outs in the inning. With Burgos at first and Green at third, Morlet tripled to score two. Norris followed with her third hit of the game to score Morlet from third to make the final score 16-3.

While the offense was having a field day at San Diego City's expense, the pitching of Michelle Briseño may have been overlooked. Although she pitched only five innings, Briseño put up good numbers with only six hits allowed, one walk and three strikeouts to improve her overall season record to 6-7-1.

"We put everything together today and we worked well together as a team," said Lerno. "We had a good talk after our last loss and we got on the girls about how they had been playing and they really responded today."

Before the Arabs face their final two PCC foes they will first compete in the two-day San Diego City tournament beginning Monday.

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