ANDY Tan struck out five as the Ateneo Blue Batters turned back Adamson University, 5-3, on Sunday in the UAAP baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Season 76 runner-up La Salle ripped University of the Philippines, 19-5, while University of Santo Tomas beat NU, 8-3.
In softball action, last year's second placer NU Lady Bulldogs began their campaign with a 15-5 six-inning rout of the Ateneo Lady Batters.
La Salle stunned Season 76 third placer UST, 7-3, while University of the East defeated the UP Lady Maroons, 10-4.
Adamson, unbeaten in 48 starts since 2011, drew an opening day bye and will face UST on Thursday to open its bid for five straight titles.
In men’s tennis, last year's MVP Fritz Verdad starred in the NU Bulldogs' 5-0 and 4-1 victories over the Green Netters and Growling Tigers to stretch their perfect run to four at the Olivarez Sports Center.
With reigning MVP Christine Patrimonio and Clarice Patrimonio sustaining their fiery form, NU improved to 3-0 in women's play by sweeping La Salle and Ateneo.
The Tigresses tied the Lady Bulldogs for the lead with a 3-0 slate with a 4-1 win over the Lady Eagles.
UST and UP are behind NU in the men's division with identical 3-1 cards.