UNIVERSITY of the Philippines (UP) had a huge six-run fifth inning to hack out an abbreviated 9-1 win over University of Santo Tomas (UST) and force a championship duel with undefeated Adamson University on Sunday in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Isabelle Mendoza hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning to give the Lady Maroons a big cushion and held off the Tigresses in their last at-bat to clinch the remaining slot in the Finals.
The opener is scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, with the Lady Falcons holding a thrice-to-beat incentive after sweeping the 12-game eliminations.
”UP is already a winner. We want to clinch a finals slot with Adamson and we met our objective,” said long-time UP coach Kiko Diaz.
The Lady Maroons have assured of their best finish in the sport since the 2010-11 season, where they placed second to the Lady Falcons, who won the first of four consecutive championships.
UP, which last ruled in 2008 with a powerhouse roster led by Alex Zuluaga, broke a 1-1 standoff in the fourth after Chantel Bongat scored a RBI to send DC and Dennise Cruz home.
UST’s lone run came from Christine Palma in the second inning to the lead.