UNIVERSITY of Santo Tomas stayed alive in the race for a Finals berth in the UAAP women’s softball tournament after defeating National University, 8-5, in Friday’s stepladder phase at the Rizal ballpark.
The Tigresses scored five runs in the seventh and final innings to force a deciding game on Sunday, also at the Rizal ballpark, for a spot in the Finals.
The winner of the knockout match will gain the right to face Adamson for the championship.
By virtue of their sweep of the eliminations, the Lady Falcons enjoy a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals.
Nancy Benjamen completed the Tigresses’ come-from-behind victory with a two-run double at the top of the sixth frame that gave UST an 8-5 advantage.
NU, seeded second in the tournament, could only come up with a run in the final inning with Hazel Anque allowing a hit.
The Lady Bulldogs looked headed for a victory when they annexed three runs in the fourth backed by a two-run single by Lovely Arago.
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