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    Rookie Dumlao leads way as Ateneo beats La Salle to retain UAAP baseball title

    Feb 18, 2014
    A more experienced Ateneo side turns back La Salle, which had entered the finals as the top team after the eliminations. Jerome Ascano

    ROOKIE Miguel Dumlao tossed six shutout innings as Ateneo beat De La Salle, 8-3, on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial ballpark to capture its second straight UAAP baseball crown.

    The young starter gave up just two hits in the first five innings and the Blue Eagles ran away on offense with a four-run fourth to complete a sweep of the best-of-three baseball championship series.

    “We did it,” said Ateneo coach Randy Dizer. “Lumabas ‘yung championship exposure and composure nila.”

    Dumlao was later named Rookie of the Year after allowing a total of just three runs on five hits in six and two-third innings.

    Game One starter Andy Tan came away with the Best Pitcher and MVP trophy after getting the last two outs of Game Two, stunning the top-seeded Archers at the end of the elimination round.

    “Sabi ko sa kanya (Dumlao), at first we were asking for only three innings from him, then closed out with Andy (Tan)… But we can only do that if we score,” said Ateneo coach Randy Dizer.

    Score the Blue Eagles did early in the game.

    Kevin Ramos quickly gave Ateneo the upperhand with an RBI single in the first inning, with Pelos Remollo following with an RBI double of his own in the second and Ryon Tionloc issuing a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead.

    Ateneo broke the game wide open with four runs in the fourth with an RBI single by Adrian Bernardo and two-run single by Matt Laurel, who also scored on two consecutive passed balls for a 7-0 lead.

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    La Salle was already trailing 0-8 when Carlos Muñoz finally put the Green Archers on the board with a solo home run in the sixth, not enough though to mount a solid comeback try.

    The Green Archers’ best chance at taking control was on a bases-loaded opportunity in the second inning with no outs. But Dumlao struck out Edward Flores before a crucial double-play gem ended the side.

    Enzo Palacios flied out for a potential sacrifice but Muñoz failed to get across home plate when a relay throw from left field threw out Miguel Olmos at third base for the third out.

    “Nakuha nila sa depensa. That was the break of the game. It was one big inning coming. Full bases with one out,” said Dizer.

    Laurel bagged the titles for Best Slugger (.839), and Most Home Runs (4) for Ateneo, and was also recognized for recording the Most Stolen Bases (5), tied with Alfredo Olivarez of National University, Basti Uichico of La Salle, and Muñoz of La Salle.

    Muñoz was also named Best Hitter (.488), while Andrei Herrera of University of the Philippines recorded the Most RBI went to (14).


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    A more experienced Ateneo side turns back La Salle, which had entered the finals as the top team after the eliminations. Jerome Ascano
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