- Category: Sports
04 Jan 2014
- Written by Diego de la Paz
WHAT was supposed to be a clash of University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) softball titans turned out otherwise as Adamson University stamped its might over National University (NU), 12-2, in only four innings on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Field.
Pitching did the Lady Bulldogs in as Shaira Damasing, Razel Cuyos and Kristine Marie Acuna alternated atop the mound only to give up 14 hits to the Lady Falcons, who are 4-0 in Season 76 and are remarkably 38-0 in the league since 2010.
Annalia Benjamen had three hits in the game, highlighted by a two-run home run at the top of the second inning, forcing the Lady Falcons dugout to relieve Damasing in favor of Cuyos.
The pitching substitutions went futile though as the Lady Falcons went on to score three more runs while allowing their victims a run each in the last two frames,
“Sabi ko sa mga players na huwag isipin na madali ang kalaban. Dapat makita namin ‘yung lakas ng kalaban. Tapos sa paluan namin, maging aggressive sila, na maganda ang dating ng bola,” Adamson University Coach Ana Santiago said.
Rizza Bernardino and Julie Marie Muyco pitched for the winners and surrendered just two hits. Clariz Palma also shared the day’s honors for Adamson University with two RBIs.
Ateneo de Manila, meanwhile, was a different team on Saturday and stunned University of the Philippines (UP), 5-4, while University of Santo Tomas (UST) scored its own abbreviated six-inning victory, 11-4, over De La Salle.
The Lady Eagles’ victory, highlighted by Adrianne Limpe-Uy’s second-inning triple, was their first in five games, while the loss was UP’s second in four outings. UST improved to 3-1, sending the Lady Archers to their fourth loss in five games.
Trailing 2-5, UP cut the deficit to one on an over the fence homerun by DC Cruz, her second of the season. But it was not enough for the Diliman belles to stop the Lady Eagles from securing their first win.
Back-to-back triples from Marie Alipato and Angelique Benjamin in the second inning led the way to a seven-run fiesta that allowed the Tigresses to bury the green and white batters.
Ateneo, meanwhile, opens its title-retention bid in baseball against Adamson at 8 a.m. at the Rizal ballpark on Sunday. Last season’s runner-up NU takes on De La Salle, followed by the UP-UST duel to complete a three-game opening day bill.
In Photo: Rizza Bernardino teams up with Julie Marie Muyco in keeping the Adamson Lady Falcons’ clean record since the 2010 season.(Stephanie Tumampos)