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IVC pasted by San Diego Mesa 22-7

March 24, 2002|By RICHARD MYERS

Sports Editor

It was just one of those days Saturday afternoon, as Imperial Valley College's baseball team fell to visiting San Diego Mesa 22-7.

"We couldn't seem to do anything right," Arabs coach Dave Drury said. "And everything they did was golden."

Drury conceded all teams have such days. He pointed out earlier in the week the University of Southern California, a collegiate powerhouse that has won the national championship in the past, was pasted by Loyola Marymount 31-7.

While both IVC and Mesa had to play in gusting, swirling winds, Drury did not cite the conditions as an excuse, although it did make things difficult at times.

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"We also are pretty banged up," Drury said, noting the team's regular catcher and third baseman were playing hurt.

Catcher Alfredo Vazquez tweaked a knee playing basketball after practice a couple weeks ago and missed the last two games. He returned for Saturday's game against the Olympians but left midway through the contest.

Even with an abbreviated schedule, Vazquez found time to shine. He threw out two base runners trying to steal and picked a Mesa runner off base.

"It amazes me that teams still try to steal on him," Drury said.

He noted Vazquez threw out about 80 percent of the runners who tried to steal on him last season, including seven Mesa runners in one game.

Third baseman Jake Richter only played part of the game Saturday. He too was nursing a knee injury and left midway through the game to go to the hospital and have water drained from his left knee.

Richter made his presence known the short time he was in the game as he drove in IVC's first run.

Mesa had jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to three singles and two doubles Two of the hits were seeing-eye swats just inside the base lines.

The Arabs came right back and tied the game with three runs in the last half of the first. Brett Cochran lined the first pitch he saw for a double down the left field line. One out later Richter doubled down the left field line to score Cochran.

Humberto Cardenas followed with a two-run home run over the fence in left center field.

Mesa scored six runs in the second. A wild pitch scored one run, an error drove in another, a sacrifice fly scored a third run, a bases-loaded walk tallied a fourth, and a two-run base hit to left center added the other two.

Mesa extended its lead to 12-3 with three more runs in the third, thanks to five straight hits.

IVC got a run back in the fifth when Matt Redden launched a solo home run over the fence in left.

The Olympians scored nine unearned runs in the sixth to take a 21-4 lead. In addition to two IVC errors, Mesa took advantage of a grand slam, five other hits, a hit batter and a walk to score the runs.

Mesa added its final run in the eighth thanks to a couple walks, a hit batter and a passed ball.

IVC added its final run in the ninth. Cory Moreno singled to right, Luis Cardenas singled up the middle and Cochran was hit with a pitch to load the bases. Redden walked to force in Moreno.

Moreno finished with three hits to lead the Arabs' 10-hit attack. Luis Cardenas had his home run and a single, Redden had his homer, Cochran and Richter had their doubles and Cardenas and Alan Rivera both singled.

Mesa collected 22 hits off seven IVC pitchers.

IVC (8-15 overall, 3-7 Pacific Coast Conference) plays at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Santa Barbara City College.

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