LA Salle took advantage of an Adamson University error in the eighth inning to hack out a come-from behind 3-2 victory on Sunday in the opener of the UAAP Baseball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
A fielding error by Falcons third baseman Kyle Rodrigo Villafania allowed Archer lead-off batter Joshua Ryan Salinas on, and score the winning run three plays later.
Salinas, who plays short, reached second on a sacrifice fly to left by catcher Paul Anthony Naguit and third on a single by second baseman Jose Antonio Acuna.
A hot grounder to losing pitcher Jerome Yenson saw the speedy Salinas scooting home, breaking deadlock forged by the Falcons in the third.
The Archers, who finished out of the medal standing last year, actually started hot, scoring two runs in the opening frame on a pair of base-on-balls and an error before the Falcons equalized two frames later on a base-hit by Erwin Bosito and a two-run home run by Yenson.
Last year’s losing finalist University of Sto. Tomas also needed three runs in the eighth inning to salvage a 9-8 triumph over National University.
The Growling Tigers led, 4-2, after five innings, connecting seven times off Bulldogs starting hurler Junmar Diaro only to slip in the succeeding five innings.
Women’s softball play resumes on Monday with a three-game bill with last season’s top finishers Adamson and UST batting for their second straight victories each also at the historic ballpark.
The title-defending Lady Falcons test the mettle of La Salle at 11 a.m., while the Growling Tigresses battle the Lady Maroons in the 9 a.m. game.
UE’s Lady Warriors try to improve on their even 1-1 win-loss mark against winless Lady Eagles at 1 p.m.