NATIONAL University overcame a six-run deficit to outlast University of Santo Tomas, 12-7, on Sunday and advance to the Finals for the second straight year in the UAAP Season 75 baseball tournament.
The defending champions Bulldogs trailed 0-6 in the first inning and were down 2-7 in the top of the third but they shut down the Growling Tigers in the next seven innings to clinch the victory in the do or die match.
NU will face Ateneo in the best-of-three series starting on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Bulldogs won their first title since 1966 by nipping the Blue Eagles in last season’s finale.
Ateneo had its best start ever, going 7-0, before finishing the double-round eliminations with an 8-2 record. NU ended up tied with UST in second place with seven wins in 10 matches, setting up the playoff for the second championship berth.