MANILA, Philippines - Adamson University and University of the East trounced their respective rivals to post their second straight victories in the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate women’s softball championship at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City yesterday.
Rizza Bernardino went two-for-two at bat as the defending champion Lady Falcons blanked the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 5-0, while the Lady Warriors peppered the Ateneo Lady Eagles with nine hits and came away with a 6-2 romp.
Bernardino’s one-RBI double highlighted the San Marcelino-based squad’s three-run streak in the bottom of the first that set the tone for the rout.
The Lady Eagles actually took a 2-0 lead after five completed frames but the Lady Warriors of Joy Lasquite re-grouped just in time and came through with a three-run, four-hit attack, including a two-run homerun by shortstop Marlyn Francisco, at the top of the fifth en route to victory.
La Salle, meanwhile, blasted St. Louis University of Baguio in just three innings, 16-6, in a big rebound from its 0-7 defeat to Rizal Technological University last Monday.
The loss was the second straight for the Baguio lasses, who also took a severe 0-29 beating from Adamson in another abbreviated three-inning contest, also last Monday.
Bernardino’s extra-base hit that nearly hit the right field wall of the ballpark sent catcher Elvie Enterina, who had earlier boarded on a fielder’s choice, across the plate standing, giving coach Ana Santiago’s girls a 2-0 advantage.
A play earlier, designated player Analie Benjamin singled home left fielder Kisna Paguican, who reached first base on a single and took second on an error. Centerfielder Luzviminda Embudo capped Adamson’s four-hit, three run opening frame binge with another base-hit that saw Banjamin join her two teammates home.
UP coach Kiko Diaz used four pitchers in an effort to contain Adamson’s superior firepower to no avail.