THE rematch of the UAAP Baseball Finals turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Behind a dominant performance by Kiko Gesmundo and precise pitching by Luis Minana, the De La Salle University Green Batters needed just six innings against UAAP champions Adamson University Soaring Falcons, 11-0, to open their Philippine Baseball League campaign on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
"Magandang morale boost ito for the team," said La Salle head coach Joseph Orillana, whose team was swept by Adamson in the UAAP last year.
Gesmundo, who is the UAAP Season 80 Athlete of the Year, went 4-of-4 with four runs batted-in.
Already up 6-0, Gesmundo drilled a 2RBI single to left field to put the game away for good in the sixth inning.
Minana allowed just two hits over four innings, striking out two. Arvin Herrera threw two innings in relief.
Still, Orillana is not putting weight on the victory, saying that the real battle begins in a month's time.
"Pero nakita ko yung ikot ng tao ng Adamson, iba yung shuffle nila ng tao. Pero kami rin naman kanina ganun din. Ang maganda sa team namin kanina, lahat nag-perform pati yung mga second-stringer," added the former Green Batter.
This was not the only game Orillana figured into as he, together with the IPPC Nationals, walloped the rebuilding National University Bulldogs, 14-3, later in the day.
Orillana had four hits, highlighted by a triple in the third inning.
The young Bulldogs had no answer for the squad that features the top players in the country that are no longer eligible to play in the UAAP.
The University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox opened the day with a thrilling 6-4 win over the University of the Philippine Fighting Maroons.