MANILA, Philippines – Front-running De La Salle University and defending champions Ateneo scored contrasting victories yesterday to prime themselves up for their second-round showdown – as well as championship battle – in the UAAP Season 76 baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Green Batters strung eight runs at the bottom of the third inning to rout Adamson University, 11-1, in seven innings for their eighth victory against a lone defeat.
The Blue Eagles, on the other hand, played a patient and calculated game to notch their sixth triumph in eight outings at the expense of the University of the Philippines, 13-11.
The victory assured La Salle its best finish in the last four seasons as they surpassed the 7-3 record they booked when they finished third in Season 74.
La Salle and Ateneo square off on Sunday at the close of the elimination round.