UAAP: Adamson out to clinch 9th straight softball title

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Posted at Apr 02 2019 05:40 AM

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The Adamson Lady Falcons are looking to secure a ninth straight softball title. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Adamson University looks to extend its dynastic reign for a ninth season in a row when it tangles with University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 81 softball finals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Falcons have won all three of their meetings against the Tigresses this season, including Game 1 last Friday when the defending champions took an abbreviated 11-2 triumph.

However, Adamson coach Ana Santiago remains wary of UST when they face off at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

"Basta ang importante sa amin, hindi pa tapos ang laban. Nagsisimula pa lang ang laban," said Santiago, who is eyeing to lead Adamson to its 9th title in a row and 18th overall.

Everything went right for Adamson in Game 1 last Friday, as UST could not answer their impressive hitting and pitching.

Meanwhile, De La Salle University seeks to close its baseball championship series against Ateneo de Manila University in Game 2, set for 12 noon.

The Green Batters won last Friday's opener, 9-7, but not before surviving a late Blue Eagles stand.

After Iggy Escaño blasted a three-run homer in the bottom eighth to give La Salle a needed cushion, Ateneo needed Gino Tantuico's grandslam homerun in the ninth to inch closer, but the Katipunan-based batters fell short.

Coach Joseph Orillana, the ace pitcher of the Green Batters squad that won a championship in 2003, is aware of the Eagles' capability to extend the series.

"Same approach pa rin kami. In baseball, we will still focus on pitching, hitting at 'yung tulong sa depensa," said Orillana.

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