NU IX triumphs; La Salle netters scuttle Eagles

The Philippine Star

Posted at Jan 13 2013 01:31 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2013 09:31 PM

MANILA, Philippines - National University beat La Salle, 8-4, to seize solo second in the UAAP Season 75 softball tournament yesterday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Bulldogs, returning to the competitions after a long absence, capped their first round stint with a 4-2 record.

Defending champion Adamson earlier registered a six-game sweep of first round and is unbeaten in 26 matches dating back to the 2010-11 season.

University of the Philippines downed Ateneo in only five innings, 8-1, in the day’s other completed match. The Lady Maroons moved up to 3-3 card alongside the Lady Archers.

At the nearby Rizal Memorial Tennis Center, reigning men’s champion La Salle opened its title-retention bid with a 4-1 triumph over Ateneo in the rain-delayed start of the tournament.

Season 75 runner-up NU was holding a 2-0 lead against UE when play stopped due to rain. The afternoon matches between UST and UP in men and La Salle and NU in women were called off.

Weather-permitting, baseball action resumes today at the Rizal ballpark starting at 7:30 a.m., while hostilities in lawn tennis also continue beginning at 9 a.m. today at the Rizal courts.

Meanwhile, host Ateneo faces reigning champion UP in the resumption of the men’s football at the Erenchun field on the Ateneo campus.

Head coach JP Merida’s unbeaten Blue booters, who hold a league-leading 13 points on four wins and a draw, will take on the Fighting Maroons at 3 p.m. UP stays at third with three wins and a draw for 10 points.

“It will be a tough fight to start the year but my players are ready for the challenges,” said Merida. “UP is the league’s defending champion and we’re expecting them to come back stronger in the second round.”

No. 2 Far Eastern U goes for the No. 1 spot vs University of Santo Tomas in the second game at 1 p.m. The Tamaraws hold 12 points on four wins and a loss, while UST has only two wins against three losses for six points behind No. 4 La Salle (9 on three wins, three losses).

In the 9 a.m. first match, University of the East (0-4-1 win-loss-draw for 1 point) takes on NU (0-4-1 for 1 point) in a battle of winless teams.