MANILA, Philippines - National University rose from the grave to salvage a 7-6 victory over a fighting Central Luzon State University side, and boost the little chance it had of barging into the medal play for the first time in school’s history yesterday in the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate Women's Softball Championship at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig.
NU, known previously as a source of big-time baseball players even during the time of matriarch Leticia “Mommy” Paguia, needed a tiebreaker in the eighth and extra inning in subduing the CLSU softbelles after losing what looked like a safe 5-0 lead going into the seventh and last frame.
The win completed the Lady Bulldogs’ streak of three straight triumphs that tied them with the University of Santo Tomas and Polytechnic University of the Philippines on similar 3-1 win-loss slates after four games in the five-team Group B.
NU battles PUP in the elimination round’s last game today with the winner to be rewarded a seat in the Final Four in their bracket.
The Growling Tigresses were still playing winless Ateneo in yesterday’s nightcap but look a cinch to earn either the first or second semifinal berth. A win over PUP hands UST the top spot in the group
A loss sends the Tigresses in a deadlock with the loser of the NU-PUP make-or-break match-up. And since coach Sandy Barredo’s girls beat both NU and PUP earlier in the eliminations, UST gets the seat via the winner over-the-other rule.
The crossover semifinal round format pits Adamson U, the No. 1 team in Group A after the elims, against the second best team in Group A. Rizal Technological U, the best squad in Group B, battles the No. 2 team in Group A.
The Lady Falcons emerged the top team in their group after sweeping all their five game assignments. RTU wound up second to Adamson with a 4-1 win-loss card.
CLSU walked over University of the East earlier in the day and could have figured out in the wild and wooly race for the Group semis berths had it prevailed over NU.
UE coach Jouy Lasquite said lack of transportation from the campus prevented her Lady Warriors from get