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Arab bats are silenced

January 31, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

Coming off a 1-2 outing at the Los Angeles Valley tournament last weekend, the Imperial Valley College softball team looked to get back to .500 in its home opener against College of the Desert on Wednesday.

The Arab bats, though, didn't amass much offense as they lost 10-2 in the sixth inning when the game was called because of the eight-run rule.

The Arabs struck out eight times and only recorded four hits against COD pitcher Vanessa Rodriguez.

"We just weren't hitting the ball at all today," IVC coach Jill Lerno said. "And you're not going to win too many games if you can't get the bat on the ball.

"You can't win if you only end up getting four hits."

What hurt even more was that those four hits came from only two players — Jenny Briseño and Olga Noris. Both were 2-for-3, with Noris smacking a triple and getting an RBI.

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IVC's undoing came early as Briseño gave up two runs to the Roadrunners in the top of the first inning.

"We had a slow start in the first inning, but then we held them for a while," said Lerno. "But again, it was our hitting. We just didn't hit the ball good today. I don't think we really started hitting until the fifth inning."

Actually, the Arabs showed signs of life in the fourth as they cut COD's four-run lead in half, scoring twice.

Jenny Burgos scored IVC's first run on Noris' triple and Noris scored on a balk on Rodriguez.

IVC's hopes ended in the sixth inning when the Roadrunners added six more runs off Briseño and Maria Hansen-Perez.

"I think we'll do better next game. We lost, but we didn't get beat, beat. They just had a few breaks," said Hansen-Perez.

"I thought we were real effective with our pitching," said COD coach Shel Wellins. (Rodriguez) pitched a really good game for us today. Also, we were really strong offensively. We have some really good bats up and down the lineup and that showed."

The Arabs (1-3) will play Orange Coast in Costa Mesa at 3 today.

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