Blue Batters win Finals rematch over DLSU, sweep first round
Anton Roxas on Feb 08, 2015 04:41 PM
The Ateneo Blue Batters prevailed over La Salle, 4-1 to sweep the first round of eliminations in the UAAP Season 77 Baseball tournament.
Holding on to a slim one run lead at the top of the ninth, defending champion Ateneo de Manila University desperately needed something big to be able to hold off a grinding De La Salle University squad.
And in the past two years in the league, there was nothing bigger than the timely hits of Matt Laurel.
With the game hanging in the balance, the league’s reigning Best Slugger was huge once again as he hit one straight out of the park, tallying two runs in the process to give the Blue Batters a 4-1 lead. The score would remain the same until the end despite the Green Batters owning the home plate advantage as Ateneo successfully completed a first round sweep in the UAAP Season 77 Baseball tournament on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Ateneo’s victory halted La Salle’s two-game winning streak as the Green Batters fell to 3-2.
Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines defeated the University of Sto. Tomas, 11-4. Both teams finished the first round of eliminations with identical 2-3 win-loss cards.