UAAP Season 81 Softball and Baseball Finals begin Friday
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 28, 2019 03:03 PM
The UAAP Season 81 Softball and Baseball Finals will air LIVE on LIGA, LIGA, HD, sports.abs-cbn.com and iWant.Games on Friday:
(Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium)
9 a.m. – AdU vs UST (Softball Finals)
12 noon – DLSU vs Ateneo (Baseball Finals)
Defending champion Adamson University and University of Santo Tomas open their best-of-three championship series on Friday in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
When the first pitch rolls at 9 a.m., all the Lady Falcons want is to extend their stranglehold for the ninth consecutive year.
For the fourth straight season, the Tigresses will try what they failed to do in the past three Finals - to end their opponents' dynastic rule.
Meanwhile, De La Salle University and Ateneo de Manila University begin their best-of-three baseball title series at 12 noon.
The top-ranked Green Batters are making their second consecutive Finals appearance and will face the Blue Eagles in the league's biggest stage for the fourth time in the last six seasons.
While Adamson University had only to beat National University once to make it to the championship round, UST needed to beat No. 2 De La Salle twice in the Final Four to make the Finals rematch happen again.
The Lady Falcons were swinging all-season long, losing only one match this season and the addition of transferee Arianne Vallestero, who complimented reigning MVP Jeanette Rusia and Krisha Cantor in the batting order, made the San Marcelino-based squad stronger than ever.
Rookie Celyn Ojare, who ably filled the huge void by three-time Best Pitcher Ann Antolihao, will lead the Tigresses defense.
Adamson University needed only four innings to beat UST, 14-0, in the first round before repeating in the second round with a 7-1 decision.
The Green Batters and the Eagles split their elimination round head-to-head. Ateneo won their first meeting, 13-11, before De La Salle avenged that loss with a 16-5 romp.
The last time the two teams met in the title round was in 2016, when the Green Batters ended a 13-year title drought and foiled the Eagles' four-peat bid.
Both the UAAP Softball and Baseball Finals will air live on LIGA, LIGA HD, sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap and iWant.