DEFENDING champion Ateneo survived University of Santo Tomas, 5-4, on Thursday to stay undefeated after three games in the UAAP Season 78 baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Dio Remollo and Kai Furusawa belted run-scoring hits at the bottom of the fifth inning for Ateneo to atone for a three-run fifth for UST, before Ignacio Lozano issued four shutout innings in relief for the Blue Eagles.
The Katipunan-based school remained undefeated but had to earn the victory the hard way against UST, which led 4-3 midway in the fifth.
Left-handed pitcher Lesmar Ventura struck out eight batters in a starting role for the Tigers, but unraveled in the bottom half of the fifth as Remollo doubled with no outs to advance Marco Mallari home from first base, before scoring on a Furusawa single on the next at-bat.
Remollo bounced back from his blunders at the top of the fifth after a catching error with the bases loaded and a passed ball that allowed the go-ahead run to come in, 4-3.
Lozano preserved Ateneo’s slim lead, yielding just two hits and striking out four UST batters.
In other matches, Boo Barandiaran gave up four hits in leading De La Salle to an abbreviated 10-0 shutout of Adamson.
Barandiaran struck out four batters in a seven-inning shutout to give the Green Archers their second win in three outings.
Andrei Palacios hit a two-run single in the third inning as La Salle went ahead, 5-0, before the Green Archers scattered five runs in the seventh to end the game.
The Falcons dropped to 1-2 in the standings along with the Tigers.
National University tied La Salle’s record after a 5-3 win over University of the Philippines. The Bulldogs climbed to a 2-1 record while the Maroons remained winless in three matches.
Standings: ADMU 3-0, DLSU 2-1, NU 2-1, AdU 1-2, UST 1-2, UP 0-3.