UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas fought back from a three-run deficit to eliminate National University, 4-3, on Wednesday and stay alive in the UAAP Season 77 softball step-ladder semifinals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Kris Lacupa’s single drove Anne Antolihao home in the seventh and final inning to complete the Tigresses' come-from-behind victory.
Up next for UST in the stepladder phase is twice-to-beat University of the Philippines, with the winner taking on defending champion Adamson University in the championship round. UST and UP clash at 9 a.m. on Friday.
Unbeaten in 60 matches, the Lady Falcons hold a thrice-to-beat advantage after sweeping the elimination round.
Antolihao pitched well for the Tigresses, striking out three batters after taking over in the third inning.
Lacupa, Hannah Mae Dela Torre and rookie Ricky Mae Latican drove runs in the pivotal bottom fifth, allowing UST to tie the count at 3-3.
The Tigresses hope to avenge their 4-7 loss to the Lady Maroons in the playoff for the No. 2 seed last Sunday.
NU, which eliminated La Salle with an 11-0 victory in an abbreviated match also last weekend, committed four errors.