ADAMSON took a giant step in its bid to retain its UAAP softball title with a 3-0 win over University of Santo Tomas and a sweep of its first-round matches on Wednesday at the Rizal Ballpark.
Julie Ann Muyco struck out eight batters in six shutout innings of relief while Michelle Lentija slammed the Lady Falcons’ second home run of the season in the second frame to notch their sixth win of the tournament.
The Lady Falcons, who scattered eight hits in the game, moved halfway into clinching a thrice-to-beat advantage in the finals - an incentive which comes with a sweep of all the elimination games.
Adamson head coach Ana Santiago, however, remained cautious as the seeks a third straight crown.
“Karamihan kasi ng game namin dikit hindi katulad dati na milya-milya,” said Santiago. “Kitang kita na ‘yung mga kalaban namin nag-iimprove na.”
Queeny Sabobo slammed a lead-off triple in the first before scoring on a double by Rizza Bernardino, the starting pitcher of the Lady Falcons.
After Bernardino gave up two hits and a walk in the first inning, Muyco provided the big lift in taking over the mound, giving up a lone hit.
UST starting pitcher Nancy Benjamen gave up six hits while reliever Hazel Arque allowed two but Adamson's three early runs proved costly for the Tigresses, who joined National University in a tie for second place with a 3-2 win-loss record.
The Lady Bulldogs beat Ateneo, 10-4, in the first game to notch their third win.
The first-round hostilities end on Saturday with Adamson drawing a bye in the seven-team tournament.
De La Salle has a 2-3 win-loss record while Ateneo remained winless in five games.