TITLEHOLDER Ateneo gained a share of the lead in the UAAP baseball tournament, dealing La Salle its first loss, 9-6, on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Blue Batters bounced back from a loss to the Adamson Falcons, claimed a piece of the lead with the Archers at 3-1.
Besides restricting the Archers to six hits, Paulo Macasaet helped force La Salle to commit four costly errors, two of them in the pivotal top of the fifth inning where the Eagles soared to an 8-3 lead.
With one out and the Eagles leading, 3-1, catcher Marco Mallari took first on a fielder’s choice advanced to second on an error following an intentional walk given to second baseman Marquis Alindogan .
Mallari crossed the plate on a single by Alvaro Macasaet. A two-base catching blunder saw Alvaro Macasaet and Hilario Mallari crossing the plate ne after the other in joining Mallari home.
Another fielder’s choice and an error had Dino Altamonte joining Alindogan occupying the first and second from where both scored on a line drive by Daniel Laurel to deep center.
The Archers countered with a three-run binge of their own at the bottom of the same frame and a marker each in the sixth and seventh, but the Eagles buried them further for good with another run, ending the contest and handing the Archers their first loss following three earlier triumphs.
National University needed only seven frames in dealing University of the Philippines a 9-1 beating.
Defending women’s softball champion Adamson Lady Falcons battle the University of the East Lady Warriors on Thursday, seeking their sixth straight victory and a sweep of the first round.
The Lady Falcons and the Lady Warriors face off in the 9 a.m. opener of another three-game offering with the latter eyeing their fourth win in five games.
University of Santo Tomas tangles with La Salle at 11 a.m.
University of the Philippines and National U battle at 1 p.m.