ivc thumps southwestern

March 22, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

Coming off an 8-0 loss to Pacific Coast Conference-leading Palomar College on Wednesday, the Imperial Valley College softball team got back on the winning track in the PCC with a 4-1 victory over Southwestern at IVC on Thursday.

After going 2-for-2 against Palomar on Wednesday, Olga Noris again provided the offensive pop for the Arabs, recording a three-run double in the third to break a 0-0 tie.

"I think we were more aggressive at the plate yesterday and it seems that now we're starting to come around with our hitting," said Noris, who finished 1-for-3. "Lately we've been working a lot more on our hitting, taking a lot more batting practice. So now we're making more contact. It just seems like we're more confident at the plate."


Whether it is more confidence or extra BP, it seems to be working for Noris of late. Entering the week she was batting .250 in the PCC, but after Thursday's effort she is now at .320 in conference.

Also improving in the PCC was IVC pitcher Maria Hansen-Perez, whose ERA dropped from 1.51 to 1.44 with the victory. She finished with four hits allowed, four strikeouts, no walks and didn't give up a run until the seventh inning.

Amber Marquez, Heather Aguilar and newcomer Dora Nava-Esparza each recorded base knocks for the Arabs. Nava-Esparza's was her first of the year after making her debut against Palomar. She finished 1-for-1 and scored a run in the fifth on an error.

Scoring IVC's first three runs were Aguilar, Adela Green and Hansen-Perez, who scored on Noris' double in the third.

Taking the loss for Southwestern was Holly Krall, who gave up three hits, three earned runs and struck out three in four innings.

"Our defense played consistent, but our offense is still inconsistent," said IVC coach Jill Lerno. "But when we needed to put our bats on the ball, we did. We're getting better with our contact, but we're still not producing like we should be.

The Arabs (14-10 overall, 5-4 PCC) compete in the San Diego City tournament Monday.

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