Adamson, UE nines clinch second victories

Written by : Eddie Alinea

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

Rizza Bernardino scattered four hits in seven innings while going going two-for-two at the bat as the defending champion Lady Falcons blanked the Unversity of the Philippines Lady Maroons, 5-0.

Bernardino’s one-RBI double turned out to be the highlight of the San Marcelino-based sluggers’ three-run streak right the bottom of the first inning for Adamson.

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

Surprised by the Lady Eagles’ mighty stand in the early going that saw Ateneo take a 2-0 lead after five innings, the Lady Warriors of Joy Lasquite regrouped just in time in the fifth, making a three-run, four-hit attack, including a two-run homerun by shortstop Marlyn Francisco.

Homeruns came aplenty in at least three completed games at press time as La Salle rightfielder Gomez made two 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 was the first for La Salle following its 0-7 defeat to the Rizal Technological University in the Opening day Monday.

The loss was the second straight for the Baguio lasses, who also bowed to Adamson, 0-29, Monday, also in three innings.

Bernardino’s homerun that 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, scoring and giving coach Ana Santiago’s girls a 2-0 advantage.