UAAP: Ateneo, La Salle battle one last time in baseball finals


Posted at Apr 05 2019 06:15 AM | Updated as of Apr 05 2019 06:57 AM

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Rivals La Salle and Ateneo battle one last time in UAAP baseball. Arvin Lim, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines – Fierce rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University battle for all the marbles in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 81 baseball finals, set for Friday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

First pitch goes off at 12 noon, with the Blue Eagles and the Green Batters expected to leave everything on the mound to cap an exciting best-of-three series.

La Salle took the finals opener, 9-7, before Ateneo scored a series-tying 7-3 victory last Tuesday.

The Eagles were in the zone in Game 2, as pitcher Miggy Angeles delivered the goods in a no-relief job.

"He was sensational," said Ateneo coach Bocc Bernardo on Angeles. 

Javi Macasaet went 4-of-4 in Game 2, while Gino Tantuico, who slammed two homeruns in the championship series, including a grand slam in the opener, was on fire for the Eagles.

A win will reclaim Ateneo's crown it won two years ago at the expense of University of Santo Tomas. The Eagles are also eyeing to avenge their 2016 finals loss, where the Green Batters ended a 13-year title drought.

La Salle remains a potent force though behind Game 1 hero Iggy Escaño, Kiko Gesmundo and Boo Barandiaran.

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