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errors lead to arabs' defeat

February 27, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

Errors and a lack of hitting did in Imperial Valley College's baseball team Tuesday as the Arabs fell to visiting Grossmont College 9-1.

"I feel bad for Humberto," Arabs coach Dave Drury said of Humberto Cardenas. "He pitched well enough to win."

Cardenas had just one shaky inning, when Grossmont scored four runs. He surrendered just two solid hits that inning, but Grossmont cashed in with a couple of seeing-eye hits, one a bloop double just inside the right field line and the other a light hit down the left field line.

Errors led to a couple more Grossmont runs.

"We certainly didn't help ourselves," Drury conceded.

On one of the miscues, an IVC outfielder turned a single into a two-base error because he misplayed the ball, letting it skip past him.

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"I look at the teams we've played and I think if we make those plays, we're right there," Drury said.

IVC is 0-2 in the Pacific Coast Conference but the two losses are to the top two teams. And in both games, the Arabs played well enough to win, if they just played better defense.

"Our bats also didn't wake up," Drury said.

IVC mustered only six hits Tuesday while Grossmont collected 13. The biggest blow was a three-run home run by Nick Guerra in the ninth inning.

Grossmont grabbed a 4-0 lead in the second off a sharp single to right, a double off the left center field wall, a lit two-bagger down the left field line, a bloop double down the right field line and a single to left.

Grossmont added a fifth run in the third off the two-base error and sacrifice fly, and a sixth run in the fourth thanks to another two-base error and a single to left.

IVC scored its lone run in the eighth when Alfredo Vazquez lined a two-out double to right center field and scored on Cardenas' base hit to left.

Grossmont added its final three runs in the ninth off an error, a hit batter and the round-tripper over the right field fence.

Jake Richter had two hits for IVC, George Rapp and Vazquez both doubled and Brett Cochran and Cardenas singled.

IVC (5-10 overall) travels to Southwestern College in Chula Vista for a game at 2 p.m. Thursday.

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