Kiko Gesmundo blasted a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning as De La Salle University edged Ateneo de Manila University, 11-9, in a thrilling ending to reclaim the crown Friday in the UAAP Season 81 baseball tournament.
The Green Batters then preserved Gesmundo's heroics with a double play at the bottom ninth that doused any hopes for the Blue Eagles to send the game to extra innings, sending the green-clad gallery into frenzy at the historic Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
"Nasa kanila na. Magde-determine ang larong ito sa mas gustong manalo. At pinatunayan nila iyon. Ang sabi ko, anytime, kaya nila iyon," said Joseph Orillana, a former De La Salle ace pitcher won won his second championship as a coach.
Winning their second title in four seasons, the Green Batters also claimed their fifth crown overall.
Read the entire recap on ABS-CBN Sports here.