June 23, 2018, 10:38 am
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Adamson, UST belles near crown

ANN Antolihao struck out seven hitters as University of Santo Tomas stunned defending champion Adamson University via a 4-3 decision yesterday and moved on the cusp of ending a long title drought in the UAAP softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Falcons, who are seeking their eighth straight crown, mustered just five hits but managed to make it 3-4 in the bottom third only to be frustrated by Antolihao’s solid pitching in the opener of the best-of-three series.

Adamson University took a 2-1 lead in the second inning through homers scored by Jeanette Rusia and Flor Pabiania.

“Pipilitin naming matapos ng Friday,” said UST coach Sandy Barredo, referring to the potential clincher at 9 a.m. at the same Malate venue.

UST is gunning for its first softball title since the 2009-10 season.  

CJ Roa, Tin Palma and Bianca Hernandez shone in a three-run third inning to give the Tigresses a 4-2 lead.

Adamson still has something to celebrate about, though.

Adamson University’s baseball team, making its first finals appearance in eight years, scored an abbreviated 14-4 victory over De La Salle to take a 1-0 lead in their own best-of-three series.

The Falcons, who last ruled the tourney in 2010, go for the clincher at noon on Friday.

Coach Orlando Binarao was satisfied with the way his troops played as Adamson raced to a four-run lead and was in total control the rest of the way, closing out the game in only seven innings.

“Mabuti at nag-click ang mga isinikripisyo namin,” said Binarao, aware that most of the Green Batters have championship experience. 
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