Adamson, UE notch wins in women’s softball meet

Written by EDDIE G. ALINEA

Hitters took the center stage yesterday as last year’s finalists Adamson University and University of the East (UE) cruised to their second straight triumph in Day 2 of the Cebuana Lhuillier National Intercollegiate women’s softball championship at the Rosario Sports Complex in Pasig City.

Rizza Bernardino, not content in providing the wall in the Lady Falcons’ first line of defense by scattering four hits in a full seven-inning duty, was at the forefront, too, in offense going two-for-two at bat as the defending champion Lady Falcons shutout the Unversity of the Philippines (UP) Lady Maroons, 5-0.

Bernardino’s one-RBI (run batted in) double turned out the highlight of the San Marcelino-based sluggers’ three-run streak right the bottom of the first inning that proved enough cushion that thwarted each and every Lady Maroons rallies the rest of the way.

The UE Lady Warriors, silver medalist last year, peppered Ateneo with nine connections en route to a come-from-behind 6-2 win.

Surprised by the Lady Eagles’ mighty stand in the early goings that saw Ateneo took a 2-0 lead after five completed frames, the Lady Warriors of Joy Lasquite regrouped just in time at the top of the fifth on a three-run, four-hit attack, including a two-run homerun by shortstop Marlyn Francisco.

Round-trippers actually came in three-fold fashions at least in three completed games at press time as La Salle rightfielder Gomez slammed, not only one but two bases-clearing hits, in the Lady Archers’ 16-6 blasting of out-of-towner St. Louie University of Baguio City in a game played for only three innings.

The win as the first for La Salle following its 0-7 defeat to the Rizal Technological University in the Opening day on Monday. The loss was the second straight for the Baguio lasses, who also bowed to Adamson, 0-29, on Monday, also in an abbreviated three-inning contest.

Bernardino’s extra-base hit that flew almost and hit the right field wall of the rotting ballpark, site of the 2000 World men’s Championship, sent Adamson catcher Elvie Enterina, who had earlier boarded on a fielder’s choice, across the plate standing, giving coach Ana Santiago’s girls a 2-0 advantage.

A play earlier, designated player Analie Benjamin singled home left fielder Kisna Paguican, who reached first base on a single and took second on an error. Centerfielder Luzviminda Embudo capped Adamson’s four-hit, three run opening frame streak with another base-hit that saw Banjamin joining her two teammates home.

UP coach Kiko Diaz paraded four pitchers in an effort to contain Adamson’s superior hitting power to no avail although the Lady Maroons’ suspect base-running contributed to their downfall.

The Lady Maroons, made up mostly of players from Miriam College, were actually in the fight right at the start, tagging Bernardino with four hits in the opening frame. With one out and with runners in the scoring positions in the second and third bases, they succumbed to a tactical move designed by coach Santiago.

In that situation, UP third base girl, Alex Zuluaga, was the plate and could have drove home both runners with a sacrifice fly, but Santiago signalled Bernardino and catcher Entrina to walked the batter intentionally. Adamson’s battery retired the next Lady Maroons batter.