In a rematch of last year’s finals, DLSU Baseball gets a little payback against defending champion Adamson 10-2 Sunday. The win also ends their two-game slump as they grab a share of second place after round one with a 3-2 record.
The start of the match tilted in favor of the Soaring Falcons as Kyle Villafaña hit a single to shallow left field that allowed Steven Manaig to score a run. With neither team scoring in the second inning, the Green Batters came to life in the third by scoring two runs, courtesy of runs batted in (RBIs) from Kiko Gesmundo and Gabo Pineda.
In the fourth inning, AdU tied the game at 2-all as Mercado laid down a sacrifice bunt to allow the runner to get in scoring position. Lexter Carandang then followed up as he hit an RBI single to allow Villafaña to cross the plate.
In the fifth, however, the Green Batters started to gain momentum as they scored three runs, highlighted by Boo Barandiaran’s two-run home run. They continued to build on their lead as they exploded to score five runs in the sixth inning. With Bill Evangelista on first base, Paolo Salud recorded an RBI single with a scorching line drive to right. Diego Lozano then sent one down the right field line for an RBI double. DLSU went on to score one more run before the Adamson coaching staff made their second pitching change of the match.
With Raymond Neroza on the mound, Pineda hit an infield single before Rosas sent one to center field for an RBI single, ending the inning with La Salle up by eight runs, 10-2.
Right after DLSU’s scoring run, the Soaring Falcons threatened to catch up as they loaded the bases with no outs in the inning. Under immense pressure, Miñana cleaned things up as Neroza grounded into a 5-2-3 double play, followed by a ground out to first by Vince Terrible.
In the seventh inning, Adamson had another chance to get back in the game. However, this was thwarted by a defensive highlight from outfielder Paolo Casas, who made a diving catch to stop what would have been a momentum shifting base hit by Gerald Riparip.
After pitching seven innings, Miñana was relieved by Arvin Herrera. In his two innings on the mound, Herrera recorded two strikeouts and completed a 1-2-3 inning to stop all chances of an Adamson comeback.
In Softball, La Salle lost its third straight match Saturday against Adamson 0-11. They finish the first round tied for third with a 3-3 slate.
The first three innings were not in favor of the Green-and-White offensively as they had scoreless runs. Stellar defense from both teams combined with relenting offense brought the game into stalemate during the first inning. On the other hand, the next two innings brought Adamson to the scoreboard as they set their offensive tempo by going 3-0.
Veronica Velasco and Mercy Arroyo were able to hit to the midfield but failed to clinch points in the fourth inning. In the fifth inning, team captain Arribas was the sole hitter to be able to bring the ball to second base. Adamson started their demolition run by scoring five consecutive runs to the dispense of the Lady Batters. Herero began the rally by giving Rusia a Run Batted In (RBI) to reach home base. Padasas closed out the game by bringing Cantor home in the last inning.
The team shall face UP (3-3) Monday afternoon to start round 2.