Adamson on the verge of seventh straight UAAP softball crown
The Lady Falcons can close the series with another win on Friday.
Adamson University moved on the cusp of extending its softball reign to seven years after winning Game 1 of the UAAP Season 79 Finals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium on Tuesday.
The Lady Falcons bucked a slow start to beat University of Santo Tomas, 9-2, in six innings to inch closer for a record 16th championship.
Despite playing with a hurting hand, Adamson pitcher Lyca Basa was able to held on with a three-strikeout effort, while Angelie Ursabia belted out three RBIs.
After giving up two runs at the top of the first inning, the Lady Falcons came through with five runs, as pitcher Mary Ann Antolihao struggled big time.
UST never recovered from there and lost Antolihao late in the fourth inning due to a knee injury.
Mallows Garde replaced Antolihao with Adamson ahead, 7-2, but her efforts were not enough to bail the España-based softbelles out of the funk.
Antolihao's status in Game 2 remains uncertain, as Adamson goes for the jugular on Friday at the same Malate venue.
"Sabi ko sa mga bata, walang pressure, there's nothing new in the Finals. Just do what you've been doing in the first two rounds. At isa pa, surprise me," said Lady Falcons coach Ana Santiago.
The Tigresses started hot behind Celestine Palma and Lealyn Guevarra, but the Lady Falcons got into the groove as Riezel Calumbres, Lorna Adorable, Flor Pabiania, Gelyn Lamata and Ursabia connected to take the upper hand in the first inning.
"Hindi pa namin naiiskoran si Ann (Antolihao) ng ganoon before," said Santiago.