ADAMSON University dominated University of Sto. Tomas, 7-2, in an early battle of favorites in the UAAP women’s softball tournament on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Falcons, seeking a seventh straight title, were never threatened by the Tigresses, last year’s silver medalists, scoring right in the opening frame.
Reizel Columbres reached base on a UST error, moved to second on a sacrifice, advanced to third on another blunder before crossing the plate to give the Lady Falcons the one-run lead.
The San Marcelino-based softbelles scored two more times in the same period courtesy of designated player Gelyn Lamata’s single sending Nichole Padasas and Dely Covarrubias home and the titleholders never looked back on the way to their fourth straight win.
The Tigresses scored twice in the fifth but the Lady Falcons continued the surge, with Columbres and leftfielder Leslie Benabaye greeting UST relief pitcher Mary Rose Acuna with back-to-back base-hits before reaching home one after the other on a single by Covarrubias.
Covarrubias turned out coach Ana Santiago’s most productive batter, connecting twice in four trips to the plate and batting in four runs. Lamata had two RBI in one-of-three at-bats.
The expected battle on the mound between Adamson’s fastball-throwing Lyca Basa and UST’s Mary Ann Antolihao didn’t materialize as he latter was suffering from sore pitching arm and was fielded in by coach Sandy Barredo briefly in the last inning.
Despite failing to repeat his last year’s victory over the Lady Falcons that cut short Adamson’s record 73-game winning streak, Barredo remained unfazed saying: “Hindi pa tapos ang laban. May second round pa, semifinals at finals kung saan puwede pa uli kaming magtapat.”
Santiago agreed: “Tiyak pipiliting maka-bawi ni coach Sandy at ng UST, kaya kailangan punuin sa ensayo ang mga bata. Sa situwasyon ngayon, walang nakasisiguro. Marami pang mangyayari na dapat paghandaan.”
“Mas malalakas ang lahat ng team this year compared to last year,” she added. “As defending champion, kami ang target talunin ng lahat ng team. Para ka manalo ngayon, kailangan praktis …. praktis .’’’ praktis. Walang kukurap.”
The loss, the Tigresses’ first in four games, dropped Barredo’s Golden Girls to joint second with University of the East.
The Lady Warriors won, 7-0, over the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons.
National University barged into the win column following three defeats with a 9-2 rout of Ateneo. The Lady Eagles remain winless in four starts.