DE LA Salle and Ateneo won in contrasting fashion on Thursday before their second round clash in the UAAP Season 76 baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial ballpark.
The Green Archers trounced Adamson, 11-1, while the Blue Eagles defeated University of the Philippines, 13-11, to remain in first and second place, respectively.
La Salle improved its win-loss record to 8-1, followed by Ateneo with a 7-2 win-loss record. The rivals face off on Sunday at the Rizal ballpark in the final regular season playdate and a preview of the finals.
The Green Archers and the Blue Eagles have already arranged a best-of-three finals showdown with victories last Sunday.
In softball, University of Santo Tomas battles University of the East on Saturday at 9 a.m., to start off the stepladder playoffs.
The third-seeded Tigresses and the fourth-ranked Lady Warriors collide, with the winner facing National University. The second-place Lady Bulldogs own the twice-to-beat edge.
Adamson earned an outright finals berth and a thrice-to-beat advantage after scoring a sweep of the eliminations.