ADAMSON romped past University of the Philippines in five innings, 7-0, on Wednesday to win its 39th straight game in the UAAP softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Starter Analie Benjamen had a one-hitter while Luzviminda Embudo had two-run double in a pivotal third inning to make up for the Lady Falcons’ lackluster start.
The Falcons improved to 5-0 for the season and moved a win away from sweeping the first round as they go for their 40th consecutive victory against Ateneo on Saturday at the Rizal ballpark.
Adamson, eyeing a fourth straight crown, has not lost a softball game since 2010.
“Hindi na namin iniisip ‘yan, basta ang importante, mag-champion kami,” said coach Ana Santiago on the team’s three-year streak.
After failing to score in the first two innings, Adamson’s Lorna Adorable’s bunt single forced UP to intentionally walk Elvie Entrina on the next at-bat to load the bases in the third.
Embudo slammed a base hit to left field to score Queeny Sabobo and Adorable before being pushed home by Benjamen off a single for a 3-0 game.
Benjamen also struck out five batters as she kept the Lady Maroons scoreless until the game ended in the fifth due to mercy rule.
“Suwerte kami at nanalo kami kasi hindi talaga lumabas ‘yung palo namin. Na-timing lang. Adjust kami nung third inning kaya nag-bunt kami nung third inning. Breaks of the game lang,” said Santiago.
The Lady Maroons fell to 2-3.
In other games, University of Santo Tomas defeated National University, 12-5, to take solo second with a 4-1 win-loss slate, while NU is at third with a 3-2 card.
University of the East trounced De La Salle, 16-7, to improve to a 2-3 record.
Standings: Adamson 5-0, UST 4-1, NU 3-2, UE 2-3, UP 2-3, Ateneo 1-4, DLSU 1-5.