UAAP Baseball Finals: Adamson dumps La Salle to take 1-0 lead

UAAP Baseball Finals Adamson dumps La Salle to take 1-0 lead
MVP frontrunner Jerome Yenson's fingerprints were all over Adamson's victory, hitting 3-4 at bat, including a 2-RBI single in the fifth inning. (FILE PHOTO)

The Adamson Soaring Falcons are one win away from their 12th UAAP baseball title after a masterful 14-4, seventj-inning abbreviated victory against the top-seeded De La Salle Green Batters in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Finals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

It was all Adamson thoughout the game, scattering the points in bunches, scoring four runs in three separate innings. The team also clamped on the defensive side, only allowing La Salle to score all of their runs in the bottom of the second inning.

MVP frontrunner Jerome Yenson's fingerprints were all over Adamson's victory, hitting 3-4 at bat, including a 2-RBI single in the fifth inning. 

As the starting pitcher, Yenson only allowed seven hits and four strikeouts in six innings, before being replaced by relief pitcher/hitter Dexter Carandang.

La Salle's defense also was nowhere to be found, allowing seven errors in the contest, which is virtually one for every inning.

Adamson coach Orlando Binarao says that the team is already reaping in the benefits of a hardworking mentality they have adopted before the start of the season, which came on full display against the top team in the eliminations.

"Actually, hindi talaga surprising to, pinaghandaan natin ito. Ang secret weapon lang talaga namin dito is practice lang ng practice hanggang matapos yung season. Buti naman, nagbunga yung mga sinakripisyo namin," Binarao said after the game.

The tactician also credited his "lethal weapon" Yenson for powering his offense and defense, leading the way in their first Finals apperance in eight years.

Binarao furthermore added that he is thankful that Yenson did not play the full nine innings, and said that it may help for the next game.

Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Baseball Finals will be on Friday, Mar. 16, at the same venue, after the second game of the Adamson-UST Softball Finals series.

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 3th 6th 7th 8th 9th R H E
Adamson 4 1 1 4 4 0 0 x x 14 13 3
La Salle 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 x x 4 7 7

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