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    Archers, Falcons arrange UAAP baseball title series

    Mar 5, 2018
    La Salle eliminates titleholder Ateneo to gain a shot at the UAAP baseball title. Denice Vitorio

    LA Salle and Adamson University hurdled separate opponents on Sunday to arrange a best-of-three title series in the UAAP Baseball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    The Green Archers dethroned the Ateneo Blue Eagles, 11-8. Under a thousand fans, led by members the schools’ cheering squads were present as the Archers unseated the Eagles.

    The Falcons, meanwhile, scored a 13-4 demolition of the National University Bulldogs, posting their seventh win in nine games, second to the Archers’ 8-1 win-loss card.

    The Eagles gained the upper hand at the bottom of the opening frame, 1-0, as they tagged the Archers’ starting pitcher Francis Gesmundo with a pair of singles.

    La Salle took control at the top of the next inning with three runs and took a 5-3 lead after the sixth.

    Ateneo regained the lead as the lower half of the same frame with their own three-run salvo built around a pair of two-base hits and a single.


    Another three-run assault in the seventh, a pair in the eighth complete with a marker in the ninth ended whatever hopes there were for the Eagles to reverse their fate as Arvin Herrera, who by then was manning the hill, finally silenced their bats.

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    The Eagles outhit the Archers, 13-10, but coach Randy Dizers’ boys just couldn’t bring runners home.

    University of the East completed the softball semis cast with a 7-0 rout of NU on Saturday for a 6-5 win-loss slate and fourth place finish in the double-round, seven-team eliminations.

    Defending champion Adamson ripped La Salle, 10-0, for a 10-2 record, followed by University of Santo Tomas at 8-4. NU and UE have identical 7-5 records. The semifinals begin on Thursday.

    The Lady Falcons and the Tigresses enjoy twice-to-beat advantage over the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Warriors, respectively.

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    La Salle eliminates titleholder Ateneo to gain a shot at the UAAP baseball title. Denice Vitorio
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