MANILA, Philippines - Adamson University’s success in softball looked to have rubbed into baseball as the Soaring Falcons ended a 14-game losing skid with a 5-4 victory over University of the Philippines (UP) in UAAP Season 76 on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Diamond.
Unlike the Lady Falcons who are unbeaten in five games this season and more remarkably unscathed in 39 matches since three years ago, the Soaring Falcons have been struggling on the diamond until this win.
Rookie Kenneth Badrina belted a walk-off double to bring in shortstop Melvin Rosita and collect his lone RBI late in the ninth inning to end the Falcons’ misery dating back to the second round of Season 74.
Earlier, third baseman Eric Jude Gesmundo smashed a lead-off double to left field, immediately followed by a Rosita double that brought in pinch-runner Cesar Valencia for the game-tying run.
In the other game, National University’s starting pitcher Aries Oruga outplayed the entire University of Santo Tomas (UST) batting line in a 13-0 shutout win. The senior Oruga pitched five innings and allowed three hits, two of which were doubles belted by catcher John Pedracio and a single from fielder Carlo Conge.
In the nip-and-tuck ballgame that flirted with a possibility of extending into extra innings, UP’s second baseman Martin Senador broke a 3-3 deadlock at the top of the ninth inning after taking advantage on a pair of throwing errors by first baseman Mark Dave Dela Cruz and pitcher Raymond Matic to give the Fighting Maroons a 4-3 lead.
With two outs already collected against Adamson’s Lourence Ruiz and Matic, third baseman-turned-pitcher Jose Miguel San Juan gave up the crucial two-base hit to Badrina on a 2-2 count that left fielder Edelton Espejo could not catch.