FIVE-time defending champion Adamson University and University of Santo Tomas forged a best-of-three title showdown after posting come-from-behind wins in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 78 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Lady Maroons rallied from a four-run deficit to nip University of the Philippines, 7-6, while the Tigresses overcame an early 0-3 hole to eliminate National University, 8-4.
Rifayca Basa struck out four in 6-1/3 innings as Adamson bounced back after a 2-6 loss to UST that ended their 73-game winning streak.
The Lady Falcons and the Tigresses, open their best-of-three series on Friday at 8:30 a.m.
Chanty Bongat scored a grand slam off Analie Benjamen in the third inning, the first of the season, for a 4-2 Lady Maroons lead.
Basa replaced Benjamen and turned the game around as Adamson University scored five runs in the bottom sixth, capped by a hit by Delyrose Covarrubias that sent Lorna Adorable home for a 7-6 advantage.
"Mabuti na lang at nag-step up si Basa," said Lady Falcons mentor Ana Santiago.
"Sinabi ko sa mga players na hindi tayo mananalo dahil sa pitching. Mananalo tayo kung papalo kayo."
In baseball, titleholder Ateneo defeated La Salle, 19-16, on Sunday in a championship preview that took five hours and 19 minutes to finish.
The Blue Eagles, who topped the eliminations with a 9-1 card, and the Green Archers, who settled for a 7-3 slate in second place, open their third consecutive finals meeting on Friday, 12 p.m.