MANILA, Philippines – National University (NU) kept its Final 4 hopes alive after an abbreviated 8-1 victory over University of the Philippines (UP) in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Leila Tarroza had two RBIs and two hits while Mery Ann Ramos also scored two RBIs to go with three hits as the Lady Bulldogs tied the Lady Maroons in fourth place at 6-6.
Later, Jam Arribas slammed a two-run homer in the third inning as De La Salle University scored a masterful 7-0 win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) to claim the remaining semifinals bonus.
NU and UP will dispute the last Final 4 slot on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the same Malate venue. The winner of the knockout match will face reigning eight-time champion Adamson University in the semifinals starting on Saturday.
The twice-to-beat Lady Batters (8-4) and the third-ranked Tigresses (7-5) collide again in the Final 4 also on Saturday.
Already assured of the twice-to-beat incentive and the No. 1 seed in the Final 4, the Lady Falcons were still on fire.
Arianne Vallestero and Princess Jurado homered as Adamson carved out a 5-3 victory over already eliminations University of the East for a league-best 11-1 mark.
The Lady Warriors ended their season with a 3-9 slate in sixth place.
In baseball Sunday, La Salle overpowered Ateneo de Manila University, 16-5, to clinch the first finals berth. The Green Batters rose to 7-2 with a game left in their elimination round assignments.
Titleholder Adamson kept its hopes alive for the remaining spot in the best-of-three championship with an 11-7 decision of UST. The Falcons moved to solo third at 5-4, a game behind the Blue Eagles (5-4).
NU bested UP, 3-1, to tie its victims at 2-7.
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