MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University got a superb effort from Arianne Vallestero to beat University of Santo Tomas (UST), 11-2, and extend its reign to nine years Tuesday in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
A transferee from National University, Vallestero capped her collegiate stint by delivering two hits and three runs in the title clincher.
"Dito ko siya kailangan sa year na ito. Siya ang nagdala ng game na ito. Lahat ng individual awards halos kinuha niya," said coach Ana Santiago, who gave Vallestero a warm hug after the Lady Falcons won their 18th championship overall.
"Sinabi niya sa akin, salamat sa din iyo Ate Ana at nakaranas ako na maging champion sa UAAP."
Vallestero emerged as the season MVP to go with Best Hitter (.556), Best Slugger (.972) and Most RBIs. She shared the Most Homerun award with UST's Charlotte Sales with three and Most Stolen Bases with her teammate Angelu Gabriel with six.
"Wala akong pressure. Hindi ako kinakabahan. Ini-enjoy ko lang. All out na rin ako," said Vallestero.
Aside from capturing the Finals MVP honors, Lyca Basa made it two in a row as the league's Best Pitcher with 1.167 earned run average.
Nicole Padasas also shone with four hits and three RBIs, while MJ Maguad and Jeanette Rusia scored two runs for Adamson.
The Lady Falcons, who only dropped only one game this season, swept the best-of-three series, 2-0.
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