UNIVERSITY of the East scored two early runs against an uncharacteristically error-prone Adamson side to post a stunning 3-2 victory that rocked the UAAP softball tournament on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
The Lady Warriors were outhit, 6-10, by the defending champions, but were able to bring three of the girls they sent to the bases home.
UE took advantage as Adamson committed five costly errors, three in the first two innings where the Lady Warriors greeted Lady Falcons starter Princess Jurado with two runs.
It was the fifth win in eight games for UE, tying National University for third.
“Nakasuwerte kami. Kailangan na kasing manalo or bagsak ka sa standing,” said UE head coach Edzel Bacarisas.
Despite that setback, Adamson, seeking an eighth straight title, still leads the seven-team field with a 6-1 win-loss slate. UST, which drew a bye on Monday, is in second at 5-2.
The Lady Warriors Loraine Collado was on the mound for 1-1/3 innings before Lovely Redaja took over for a solid 5-2/3 inning-performance.
Shortstop Ma. Lorde Blanco reached first on a Jurado misplay right at the top of the opening frame. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by cenferfielder Josephine Francisco and crossed the plate from there on a base-on-balls.
Michelle Mercado singled to left in the second inning, proceeded to second on another Adamson error, this time by the normally efficient Adamson third-basegirl Nichole Padasas, then scored on a sacrifice fly.
The eight-peat seeking Lady Falcons scored in the bottom second, but UE countered and decided the outcome with finality with insurance run provided by pinch hitter Jonavie Jerezano’s single.
Adamson coach Ana Santiago was disappointed but remained confident they will quickly bounce back.
“Well, this happens in any sports competition. Sabi nga, you can’t win ‘em all. It’s good this happened this early at hindi sa crucial stage ng tournament.
“Errors ang tumalo sa amin. That was a lesson for us to learn. Hindi dapat maging clomplacent. Lahat ng team puwedeng manalo at lanat ng team puwedeng matalo. Pare-parehong nag-train kami para sa tournament na ito. Mahaba pa naman ang torneo. Hindi pa naman dapa mag-panic. Malaki pa ang panahong maka-recover.”
La Salle edged University of the Philippines, 5-4, and share fifth spot at 3-4. Ateneo has yet to win in seven games.