Jerome Yenson fans 14 as Adamson sizzles in the rain to beat Ateneo in UAAP baseball
National team member Jerome Yenson strikes out 14 and allows three hits. Denice Vitorio

ADAMSON sizzled in the rain, defeating titleholder Ateneo, 7-3, on Sunday in the UAAP baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

The Falcons led defending champion Ateneo, 4-3, in the fifth and went on to dominate under heavy rain, coming up with a three-hit, three-run attack in the seventh that saw Falcons’ rightfielder Lester Carandang tagged the Blue Eagles relief pitcher Rogelio Angeles with a single, centerfielder Edwin Bosito coming up with a double and John Maigue hitting a tripple.

Adamson hurler Jerome Yenson, from Talavera in Nueva Ecija, blanked the Eagles from the third inning on with fastballs and sinkers, denying the titleholders a third straight triumph.

Ateneo instead skidded to second in a tie with its tormentor and last year’s second placer University of Sto. Tomas at 2-1. La Salle leads at 3-0.

It was a big boost for Orlando Binarao’s Falcons as they look to end Adamson’s 12-year championship drought.

The score was 3-all before the Falcons grabbed the upper hand in the fourth where Bosito, a member of the national team like Yenson, boarded on a double, advanced to third on a passed ball and reached home on a single by Vince Terrible who pinchhit for shorstop Bryan Castillo, who was hit on the ribs by a pitched ball.

Three scoreless frames followed as both teams groped for the needed shots, the Falcons off starter Paulo Macasaet and the Eagles off the diesel-like Yenson who looked to be stronger and stronger as the game wore on.

Carandang, Bosito and Maigue turned the game wide open in the seventh when rains were the heaviest even as Yenson, retired the Ateneo batters in order in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth.

Yenson struck out 14, a tournament high, including a pair in the ninth and last inning where he yielded only the only third hit by the Ateneo side.


The Falcons ended up with 10 hits off Macasaet and Angeles.   

Binarao was all praises for his prized hurler, who is in his last year wearing Adamson’s blue and white.

“Baka nga sakaling (Yenson) and magdala ng titulo sa Adamson sa kanyang huling taon at putulin na ang matagal-tagal na naming pananabik sa kampeonato,” he said.

“Superb, amazing. Yenson just showed he deserves to be in the Philippine team,” said Ateneo head coach Randy Dizer who has been calling the shots for the Eagles on the sidelines while recovering from heart attack he suffered three weeks ago.

La Salle pummeled National University with 16 connections in a 17-5 victory, their third in as many outings to remain the only unbeaten team in the six-team field. That was the Maroons’ third straight loss.  

UST dealt University of the Philippines its third consecutive setback, 9-5.

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