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Santos leads IVC to 5-1 victory

March 12, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Imperial Valley College softball player Christina Santos recorded her first hit of the season on Wednesday, 20 games into the year.

On Monday, in the team's 5-1 Pacific Coast Conference victory over San Diego City College, Santos tripled her season hit total by going 2-for-3 as IVC improved to 4-2 in conference.

"We all support each other out there and I think that took some pressure off me, knowing the team was supporting me," said Santos. "I really haven't been doing well all season, but I just stayed confident and I was determined to get hits.

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"I just kept a positive attitude when I went up to bat. Instead of telling myself ‘Don't strike out,' I just kept telling myself to get hits," said Santos.

Whatever it was Santos said to herself worked, as she accounted for two of the team's five hits.

Picking up the other hits for the Arabs were Jenny Ramirez, who went 1-for-3 and Adela Green and Heather Aguilar, each 1-for-2. Green had a triple and scored a run and Aguilar finished with an RBI and a run.

Earning the win for IVC was Maria Hansen-Perez, who threw a complete game, giving up two hits and no earned runs, walking three and striking out eight.

After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Arabs bounced back over the next three innings, scoring a run in each frame.

Scoring in the first was Ramirez, who reached base on a single and scored on a City error to knot the game at 1-1.

Jenny Burgos gave the Arabs the lead in the second, scoring on a Jenny Briseño grounder.

After tripling to lead off the third, Green scored on an Olga Noris ground out to give IVC a 3-1 lead.

After being held scoreless in the fourth and fifth, the Arabs tacked on two runs in the sixth as Heather Aguilar and Briseño reached home to give the Arabs a 5-1 advantage.

"I thought we played well today. Everybody stayed up the whole game and no one got down on themselves. If someone would make an error, the girls were there to pick them up," said IVC assistant coach Denise Mays. "We were all finally working together as a team. Yeah, we had a couple of errors, but they weren't costly.

"Offensively, we made good contact. We're still not clutch hitting like we should be. But the hits that we are getting are scoring runs and that's how you win games."

IVC (13-8 overall) plays at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grossmont in El Cajon.

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