DLSU Baseball grabs a share of first place after thrashing UST 21-5 last Wedneday.
After convincingly defeating the Growling Tigers , head coach Joseph Orillana shared what he felt “Happy ako sa mga boys dahil well-motivated sila at pinakita nila na gusto nilang manalo sa game.”
An all around team effort allowed DLSU to come away with the convincing win as scintillating offense and reliable defense were at work. Arvin Herrera also put up a praiseworthy performance as he held the UST scoreless from the third to sixth inning.
The start of the match saw both teams level it out , scoring one run each to end the first inning. The team from Taft then extended their lead in the next inning as they scored three runs, courtesy of runs batted in (RBIs) from Tuwi Park and Paolo Salud and a throwing error by UST. In the same inning, the Growling Tigers responded by scoring one run off an error. However, this proved to be the last of the team’s offense until a half-hearted late game effort.
The Green Batters continued to assert their dominance as they scored four runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning. Their offensive effort did not end there as they tallied four more runs in the fifth inning, putting them up by 12 runs, 14-2, heading into the sixth inning.
In the seventh inning, the Green-and-White showed their depth as the substitutes largely contributed to the seven-run inning that gave La Salle an insurmountable lead. With Kiko Gesmundo at first, Rafael Pascual sent one to right center field for a base hit that allowed Gesmundo to reach third, followed by a throwing error that allowed Gesmundo to cross the plate. Park then followed up by hitting a hot grounder down the left field line for an RBI single. After another RBI single from Paolo Casas, Adolfo Bilbao stepped up to rip one to deep right field for a two-run double. Gabo Pineda then blasted one deep into left center for a ground rule double to allow A. Bilbao to score. Afterwards, Anton Acuña put the cherry on top by sending one to right field to score G. Pineda.
La Salle is now tied with Ateneo at 6-2 in the standings as both teams will go head-on this Sunday with the winner getting an outright entry in the finals.
The DLSU Softball team has already one foot in the Final 4, a stage in which they have not experienced for more than ten years. They continue to remain undefeated this second round after another escape act yesterday against UE. Final score was 8-7.
Badeth Benson, a former pitcher turned outfielder, completed La Salle’s rally from 6-3 down with a two-RBI triple in the seventh inning that sent the game into extra innings.
“Grabe yung tiwala ko sa kanya, nakikinig kasi talaga siya. Biruin mo pitcher yan at bangko last year, this year nag-cliclick na siya. Ganda ng palo niya pero siyempre may kasama pang dasal,” quipped first-year La Salle head coach Jasper Cabrera about Benson, who had three RBIs in the contest.
In the first extra inning, Chinny Ejar was able to bring home Gladelyn Alipaid to give La Salle cushion. However, indecision by La Salle’s fielders led to a run from pinch runner Jane Gurayon to extend the game once more.
A costly error by UE’s rightfielder in the next inning paved the way for the winning run courtesy of Arisa Miranda. Jamica Arribas then held the fort in the bottom end of the inning to seal the victory.
“Yung una, nagkumpyansa din kami. After namin maka-score ng tatlong runs, nag-relax na. Tapos yung pitcher namin bumigay. Buti nag-click si Arribas at hindi sila nagpanic,” recalled Cabrera.
Arribas, a graduating pitcher, pitched the last 6 1/3 innings of the game, striking out two while allowing no hits.
With the win, La Salle goes up to 7-3 to clinch a playoff berth in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament. But the Lady Batters are not content with that, as they can go up to as high as a two-seed if they win their final two games.
“Hindi pa rin kami makukuntento. Nandun na yung Final Four pero kailangan pa namin mag go hard, dahil kaya namin mag-top two. Tinanong ko sila kung gusto nila mag-Top Two, sabi nila oo daw. Kailangan namin maka-isa against Adamson [on Saturday] or UST [or Monday], at pagtratrabahuan namin yun,” Cabrera shared.
The team is currently in solo second with a 7-3 slate. They got two games left in the eliminations with their next opponent being league-leader Adamson this coming Saturday. One more victory will seal their place in the semis.