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Arabs split twin bill

February 16, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Writer

After sweating out a 2-1 victory over San Bernardino Valley College at Imperial Valley College on Wednesday, IVC's softball team looked to make it a sweep in double-header action.

But everything that doomed SBVC in the first contest did in IVC in the second, as errors and a lack of offense led to a 5-1 Arab loss.

With the second game tied 1-1 in the sixth, three errors led to three San Bernardino go-ahead runs.

The Arabs didn't do much to help themselves get back in the game as they only mustered two hits over the final two innings.

"It doesn't matter how many errors you have in a game, if you can't get hits, you're not going to win," said IVC pitcher Jenny Briseño. "Our offense just wasn't there in that second game."


"As a team I think we're good, but individually we just need to work harder," she added.

Briseño gave up seven hits, four walks and struck out four and gave up only one earned run in the loss.

Scoring the only run for the Arabs was Jenny Ramirez, who went 2-for-4. After getting on base in the first inning on a triple she scored on a passed ball.

Also contributing offensively for IVC in the loss was Olga Noris, who was 2-for-3 with a double.

Earlier the Arabs cashed in on five SBVC errors to gain the victory.

Maria Hansen-Perez picked up the win, pitching a complete game. She gave up only two hits and struck out seven.

Adela Green and Jenny Burgosboth went 1-for-3 and accounted for both IVC runs. Green scored in the third and Burgos added the go-ahead run in the fifth.

"What we needed to do was cut down on our errors from the first game, and for the most part we did," said San Bernardino coach Anita Roybal. "We went from five errors in the first game to just one in the second."

"We also started to hit a little better," she continued. "We couldn't get much going in the first game, so we changed the lineup and came out more aggressive and got things going in the second."

The Arabs are 6-5 on the season.

"I felt like we were in this ball game and I felt that we had it," IVC coach Jill Lerno said after the loss. "But one error led to another and it was like a domino effect.

"But it wasn't just the errors. We weren't hitting the ball in that second game," Lerno continued. "And you can't win if you don't hit. In every loss we've had this year, it's been because we couldn't get any offense going and that was the case again today."

IVC will host another double-header starting at 1 p.m. Friday against Mount San Jacinto.

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