After a 2-0 season start, DLSU baseball suffered it’s second straight setback Wednesday afternoon against UST. The team lost to Ateneo last Sunday.
In what looked like a game that was going to be decided by a crucial play, the UST Growling Tigers stunned the Green Batters with a tenth inning surge to hand them their second loss, 10-3. With the win, UST improves to a 3-1 win-loss record while DLSU now sports a 2-2 record with one more game remaining in the first round.
According to head coach Joseph Orillana, costly errors and unusually quiet at bats by the Green Batters were what enabled UST to triumph. “Mabigat yung errors namin at sabi ko laban ito ng mental toughness eh, kung sino bumigay yun [matatalo] eh. Ang ganda ng pinukol ng pitcher eh ang problema ay hindi natulungan sa paluan. Kayang kaya naman nila paluan yung pitcher [ng UST],” he shares.
(Our errors weighed us down. I mentioned that this was a game of mental toughness, wherein the one who gives in loses. Our pitcher pitched very well. The problem was that they weren’t connecting against a pitcher they have the ability to hit off.)
Both teams were off to a slow start, as the first two innings of the match were scoreless. The Growling Tigers then broke the silence with an Run Batted In (RBI) from Vince Mangapis to send Israel Antonio home. In the succeeding innings, the Green Batters were unable to respond as they were plagued by fly balls and ground outs. UST went on to tally two more runs, as Mark Beronilla hit a two-run single that allowed Adrian Aguilar and Ivan Llave to cross the plate, which gave UST a 3-0 lead at the top of the fifth.
The Green Batters would then respond at the bottom of the inning to score two runs of their own. After back-to-back doubles by Diego Lozano and Boo Barandiaran that put them in scoring position, UST was prompted to replace starting pitcher Vince Mangapis with Christian Dela Cruz. With Kiko Gesmundo at the plate, a passed ball allowed Lozano to score a run. This was followed by a sac fly by Gesmundo that sent Barandiaran home, which cut the deficit to one run.
n the seventh inning, the leadoff hitter Lozano sent one down the right field line for a double. With the next two batters getting retired, Ignacio Escaño ripped one deep to right center for an Run Batted In (RBI) triple to tie the game, 3-3.
Both teams held their own at the ninth inning, as both pitchers completed 1-2-3 innings to force the game to a tenth inning. However, Barandiaran, who pitched all nine innings, showed signs of fatigue, which forced the coaching staff to replace him with Gesmundo. DLSU’s pitching change did not faze the Growling Tigers as they exploded to score ten runs, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Aguilar that was sent to deep left field. With the Green-and-White unable to respond, the Growling Tigers were able to notch their third win of the tournament.
They will take on defending champion Adamson this coming Sunday as the look to end their losing skid to close out the first round.
DLSU Softball meanwhile is also experiencing a slump after winning their first three games. Two consecutive losses to UST and NU this past long weekend pulled them down to the middle of the standings.
The Lady Batters started off hot in the first inning as Kiana Juan hit one to bring Mercy Arroyo home and draw the first blood in the match. They were able to hold the lead in the first two innings as their impeccable defense gave a difficult time for the Lady Bulldogs to score a run.
Lady Bulldogs’ Lorga managed to hit a fly ball to be able to send teammate Tarroza home. The defense of the Lady Batters were tested throughout the fourth and fifth inning as the Lady Bulldogs kept pounding on them, giving them the lead at 1-4. However, the Lady Batters weren’t quite done yet. Inthe next inning, Chinny Ejar swung the ball to allow Badeth Benson to run home, cutting the lead of NU at 2-4.
The seventh inning was a testament that the Lady Batters were just warming up. Team captain Jamica Arribas was able to deliver two of her teammates home, cutting the lead and tying the match at 4-4 and forcing an extension.
However, the Lady Batters were no match against the Lady Bulldogs as they succumbed in the latter part of the eighth inning as the Lady Batters had a passed ball, handing the match to NU at 4-5.
The team will face powerhouse Adamson this Saturday to end round one. Nevertheless, this is already a good start for the team after winning just 4 games last season.