UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas extended its win streak to four, beating National University, 4-3, on Sunday in the UAAP baseball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Golden Sox improved their record to 4-2, joining La Salle in second place following the Green Batters’ 8-5 win on Sunday.
Ateneo downed listless University of the Philippines, 4-0, to stay on top of the standings with a 5-1 card.
The Bulldogs took an early lead with runs from Floro Malit in the third, and Clarence Caasalan in the fifth inning. But the Golden Sox equalized in the seventh inning with two runs from Ron Dela Cruz and Kirk Daquis. Kristian Angeles and another Dela Cruz run in the eighth gave UST the lead, 4-2.
Junmar Diarao broke NU's scoring drought in the bottom half of the eighth inning. But UST’s defense held on to the one-run lead.
“Medyo malamig ang kanilang opensa dahil kulang kami ng warmup,” UST head coach Jeffrey Santiago said. “Nagkumpiyansa naman yung mga bata, kailangan higpitan uli.”
Paul Naguit scored three runs for La Salle including one each in the eighth and ninth inning to break a 5-5 tie.
The Green Batters were able to even the match in the sixth inning courtesy of three runs from Paolo Salud, Franco Hashimoto and Naguit.
La Salle came out swinging as they scored two runs early in the first inning, but the Soaring Falcons made a comeback, scoring five runs by the end of the fourth inning.
Green Batters head coach Joseph Orillana said they had to work for their runs because Adamson’s pitching.
“Nakita natin na maaga pa lang pumukpok na kayo, it just so happened na na-control kayo ng pitcher ng kalaban. Adjustment namin, sabi ko huwag na kayo mag-abang ng fastball mag-abang na tayo ng puro kurba para at least ‘yung paluan nandun,” Orillana said.
Orillana also reminded his team the importance of each game in the second round of competition.
"Ang importante is to win every game. Importante kasi sila ‘yung ka-tie natin sa standings,” Orillana said, referring to the Soaring Falcons.
Adamson fell to 3-3.
Standings: ADMU 5-1, DLSU 4-2, UST 4-2, AdU 3-3, NU 2-4, UP 0-6.