UAAP Season 76 president Rev. Fr. Maximino Rendon, CM, and secretary-treasurer Maria Luisa Isip (first and second from left) pose with the champion team of (from left) coach Ana Maria Santiago, Dely Rose Covarobias, Kimberly Amiado, Queeny Sabobo, Rizza Bernardino, Lorna Adorable, luzviminda Embudo, Riezel Calumbres, Clariza Palma, Krisna Paguican, Geleyn Lamata, Angelie Ursabia, assistant coach Jason Santos, Cindy Banay, Edna May Sevirino, Elma Parohinog, Elvie Entrina, Glesyl Opjer and assistant coach Estanislao Terones.
MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University couldn’t be denied on a perfect day to play softball at the historic Rizal Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The Lady Falcons stormed to an 8-1 Game Two victory over their most deserving foes, the National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, to book another title sweep in UAAP Season 76 and add concrete to their pedestal as queens of collegiate softball.
They made an unbeaten 12-game run in the eliminations before again bringing the broom against NU in the finals where they had a tremendous edge—a two-to-win, thrice-to-beat advantage.
Although it was the fifth match in Season 76 where the Lady Bulldogs were forced to the full route, it didn’t matter anymore for the girls of coach Ana Santiago as they were impressive on all four plates, to the dismay of an NU side that settled for bridesmaid for the second consecutive season since it entered a softball team in the UAAP.
The championship was the 13th in league history and the third “four-peat” in 16 seasons for the Lady Bulldogs. And they remained unbeaten in 48 matches since 2010, an amazing feat which, according to Santiago, was more of a bonus in their championship run.
“Yung ibang nakuha namin like ang 48-game winning streak, bonus na sa amin. Nakagawa na kami ng history sa UAAP, ang pinaka-importante sa amin ay champion kami," said Santiago.
Besides scoring two runs, Analie Benjamen struck out five batters as she held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the first five innings. She was named season MVP and Best Slugger.
The title conquest also served as a fitting send-off for graduating starters Julie Muyco, Rizza Bernardino, Tata Embudo, Elvie Entrina and Carol Banay.
The Lady Falcons were more authoritative this time, unlike in Game Two where they had to squeeze out of a 3-3 tie at the bottom of the sixth inning before scoring an 11-3 rout. They went 6-0 after four frames and only yielded one run at the bottom sixth of the game where they rattled off 12 hits as against their victims’ two.
Arrian Vallestero saved NU from losing via mercy rule by scoring a run, thanks to a Lady Falcons throwing error, in the bottom sixth.
Bernardino, last season's MVP, clinched the Most Homeruns and Best Pitcher awards, while Embudo was the Best Hitter. Vallestero went home with the Most Stolen Bases trophy.