UAAP Softball Finals: Adamson overpowers UST to force do-or-die
Philip Matel on Mar 16, 2018 12:27 PM
Adamson coach Ana Santiago admits that her team was rattled after the home run, but motivated her players by using their minds and focus on the bigger picture.
Seven-time defending champions Adamson Lady Falcons showed why they have the vise grip over the tournament with an 8-5 victory over the UST Tigresses in Game 2 of the UAAP Season 80 Softball Finals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium Friday morning.
With the win, they force a do-or-die Game 3 against UST, whom they have faced for the third straight season.
The Lady Falcons used an explosive sixth inning, scoring five runs with two outs, to break the tie against a UST team that drew first blood.
Krisha Cantor broke the deadlock as she was sent by Leslie Benabaye with an RBI single. Riezel Calumbres and Benabaye then both completed the diamond courtesy of a Delyrose Covarrubias 2-RBI-double.
Covarrubias and Edna Severino then added fuel to the fire that was Adamson's offense, from an 2-RBI-double by Flor Pabiania to extend the lead to five runs, 8-5, a far cry from their five hits in Game 1.
Blu Girls and Adamson head coach Ana Santiago knew that the sixth inning was to be their biggest possession, and encouraged her wards to score, no matter the circumstance.
"Yun yung sinasabi ko sa kanila, pag naka-score tayo sa six innings, panalo tayo. Naging inspiration nila yung sinabi ko. Si Rusia kanina, back-to-back strikeout. Sabi ko sa kanya, 'kailan ka lalaban?' Sinagot niya, 'Ngayon na, coach'. Inasahan ko yun at nag-deliver siya."
UST actually was in the driver seat in the opening moments of the game, with CJ Roa nailing a 3-run homer that put UST ahead in the bottom of the first inning, 3-0.
The defending champions then were able to slowly chip off the Tigresses' lead, with runs from Jeanette Rusia and Cantor, sent home by Calumbres and Benabaye, respectively.
UST then tried to trim the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it was all but over for them.
Santiago admits that her team was rattled after the home run, but motivated her players by using their minds and focus on the bigger picture.
"Isipin mo sa ganitong level ng play papaluan ka ng ganun tapos yung kalaban namin yung pitcher na hindi namin mapaluan. Pero yung mga bata hindi pumayag na hindi kami lalaban. Gusto talaga nila na mag-square one kami," the multi-titled coach said.
"Nung naramdaman ko yun, kahit mag-score sila ng three runs, naniwala sila na kanila ito. Walang imposible, yun yung power of mind."
Game 3 for all the marbles will be on Tuesday, 9 a.m., at the same venue.
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