Tigresses ride four-run third inning to beat Lady Falcons in opener of UAAP softball title series
UST’s Mary Ann Antolihao tosses seven innings, allowing five hits and striking out seven. Denice Vitorio  

UNIVERSITY of Sto. Tomas drew first blood in the UAAP softball finals with a 4-3 victory over Adamson on Tuesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.  

The Tigresses scored four runs on two hits in the third, aided by a pair of costly errors, and held on for the win, their first over the Lady Falcons in five games.

UST’s Mary Ann Antolihao of Cebu allowed five hits in seven innings, striking out seven.

Adamson shortstop Edna Mae Severino failed to field a grounder by UST leftfielder Jessie Belano with one out.

Pitcher Lyca Basa walked UST catcher Ma. Celestino Palma in the next play, and Belano reached home on a double by Cristy Roa as the Tigresses roared ahead.

A base hit by first basegirl Janah Hernandez saw Palma and Roa running one after the other across the plate and the Tigresses overcame back-to-back home runs by Adamson rightfielder Jenette Rusia and first basegirl Florabele Pabiania.

“Babawi na lang sa susunod,” said Adamson coach Ana Santiago. “Grabe mga error nag mga bata. Kung nakuha lang yung grounder noong third inning, hindi magkakaganoon ang resulta,” she rued. I admire though UST’s fighting spirit.

Coach Sandy Barredo hopes the Tigresses can finish off the Lady Falcons on Friday to end UST’s  two-decade title drought.

“Kailangan tapusin na sa Biyernes. Masyado nang matagal ang pinaghihintay namin na makamit ang kampeonato, pipilitin na naming manalo para naman sa UST,” he said.

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