DE LA Salle hopes the Game One experience will be enough to force a deciding match for the UAAP Season 76 baseball crown.
The Green Archers return to the field for Game Two on Tuesday against the Blue Eagles at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium fighting for their lives in the 12 p.m. encounter.
The top-seed Green Archers fell to the defending champion Blue Eagles, 8-10, in 10 innings in the season opener.
Now the Katipunan-based batters are a win away from back-to-back crowns.
La Salle coach Joseph Orillana hopes his wards learned a thing or two about the loss, only their second overall this season.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga players ko, huwag natin i-underestimate ang kalaban. May experience sila, tayo ngayon palang makakaapak sa ganitong championship game,” Orillana said.
“Maraming tao, maraming TV camera. At least, na-experience na nila, alam na nila ang feeling,” he said.
For his part, Ateneo coach Randy Dizer said the key to winning is a strong start.
“Whoever is ahead after five innings will win,” said Dizer.
Meanwhile, Adamson starts its quest for a fourth-straight title — and an amazing 47-game winning streak — when it takes on National University in the softball finals.
The Lady Falcons swept the 12-game eliminations and are holding a two-to-win and thrice-to-beat advantage over the Lady Bulldogs.
The Ana Santiago-coached Lady Falcons eye their 13th title overall against the Lady Bulldogs. They won from Seasons 60 to 63 and from Seasons 66 to 69.
The Lady Bulldogs advanced to the finals after beating the University of Santo Tomas Tigresses, 8-5, in the second phase of the step-ladder playoffs.