Palomar shuts out IVC 10-0 in five innings

March 03, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Imperial Valley College's softball team has never beaten Pacific Coast Conference rival Palomar College.

Friday, IVC tried to break that streak as it battled the 16-time defending PCC champion at IVC.

The Arabs, though, couldn't break into the win column against the juggernaut, falling 10-0 after five innings as the game was called due to the 10-run rule.

"The score looks worse than it really was," said IVC coach Jill Lerno. "Yes, we lost 10-0, but that's not indicative of the way we played them."

The Arabs played solid defense at times, but three errors turned into six Comet runs.

Maria Hansen-Perez gave up only four earned runs for the Arabs, but walked nine batters. She gave up seven hits and struck out three in five innings.


Leading the Palomar offense were Dara Webb, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs, and Bridgett Starry, who went 2-for-3 with four RBI.

Starry picked up the win for the Comets, striking out five, walking one and giving up only one hit in five innings.

The only hit allowed by Starry came in the second as IVC's Olga Noris connected with a shot that sailed to the right-centerfield gap and went for two bases.

"I could just feel it when I got that hit. I knew I got a hold of it," said Noris. "But one of the things I need to work on is running hard as soon as I make contact. If I would've done that, I probably could've gotten a triple out of that hit."

The Arabs weren't able to amount any more offense to score Noris and looked at a 7-0 deficit at the end of two.

IVC held the Comets scoreless over the next two innings, but Palomar added three more runs in the fifth to take the 10-0 advantage.

"Our mindset coming into a game against Palomar is that we try to play as best as we can," said Lerno. "If we play our best game, we could beat them if they weren't at their best."

Added Noris: "To me I just take this like its any other game."

The loss was IVC's first in the PCC after sweeping San Diego City in a double-header on Wednesday.

The Arabs host San Diego Mesa College at 3 p.m. Monday.

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