University of Santo Tomas (UST) outplayed second seed University of the Philippines (UP), 7-2, on Friday to force a do-or-die game in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 77 softball stepladder semifinals at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium in Manila.
Kris Lacupa, Christine Palma, Cristy Joy Roa and Mary Garde scored one run each to lead the Tigresses to comfortable 4-0 edge in the first inning. Since then, UST never looked back.
Lacupa had two runs; three hits and a run-batted-in while Palma got a couple of hits for the Tigresses, who avenged their 4-7 loss to the Lady Maroons in the playoff for No. 2 seed.
The rubber match is scheduled on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The winner of UST-UP game will advance to the finals against defending champion Adamson University, which holds a thrice-to-beat advantage for sweeping the elimination round.