UNIVERSITY of the Philippines forced a playoff for the remaining UAAP Season 79 softball semifinals berth with a 5-3 win over National University on Monday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Lady Maroons actually had a chance of making it to the Final Four in the resumption of their abandoned Feb. 18 game, but the Lady Bulldogs’ 7-0 lead was too much to overcome and ended up as the final score after only six innings.
With a 5-7 record, UP will take on De La Salle at 9 a.m. on Thursday for the right to play defending six-time champion Adamson University in the semifinals.
The Lady Archers also blew their opportunity of clinching the last Final Four outright after dropping a 0-9 decision to University of Santo Tomas.
The win, the seventh in 12 contests, gave the Tigresses the No. 3 seed.
The Lady Falcons finished the eliminations as the No. 1 team with an 11-1 slate following an 8-0 dismantling of University of the East.
NU wound up second behind Adamson University at 9-3 and will face UST in the other semis pairing.
Holding the twice-to-beat advantage for finishing 1-2 in the elims, the Lady Falcons and the Lady Bulldogs need only to win once to secure slots in the best-of-three Finals.
In baseball, Ateneo edged Adamson University, 6-4, to clinch the first championship berth with a 7-1 card.
UST inched closer in making it to the best-of-three title series with an 8-2 rout of UP for a 6-2 record.
Titleholder De La Salle suffered a blow on its aspirations following a 3-5 loss to NU. The Green Batters are now at 4-4 with the Falcons in third place, two games behind the Growling Tigers.