Gallant Lady Archers stand not enough as FEU escapes in one-point win

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers received their third loss of the UAAP Season 82 after a comeback fell short against the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws, 66-67, yesterday, September 18, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Morayta-based squad had control almost the entire game. FEU put on an early 14-11 lead and extending it to 31-25 at the end of the first half. The Lady Tamaraws continued to sizzle in the second half. Later on, they built their biggest lead at 11, 66-55, midway through the final frame. But, the Lady Archers were not about to raise the white flag already.

A 6-1 run by La Salle put them behind by only six points, 61-67, with less than two minutes in the game clock. A basket by Kent Pastrana, who sparked the run for the Taft-based squad, then cut it down to four, 63-67, with 38 seconds to go. La Salle closed the gap to just a solitary point, 66-67, on a triple with 22 remaining, forcing the Lady Tamaraws to a timeout. However, a desperation attempt by Bea Dalisay would just not go in as FEU managed to escape.

Pastrana continued her sensational performance, leading her team anew with 18 big points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. However, the rookie out of Silay City also committed four turnovers and was 0/5 from deep.

Bernice Paraiso and team captain Bennette Revillosa each finished with 13 and 11 markers. The latter contributed eight boards, three swipes, and four rejections.

The DLSU Lady Archers (2-3) seek to return to the win column when they face the ADU Soaring Lady Falcons on Saturday, September 21, at the Ynares Center Antipolo.


DLSU (66) – Pastrana 18, Paraiso 13, Revillosa 11, Sario 8, Quingco 7, Camba 4, Dalisay 3, Okoli 2

FEU (67) – Mamaril 21, Antiola 14, Castro 13, Bahuyan 8, Delos Santos 5, Jumuad 3, Abat 2, Quiapo 1

Quarterscores: 11-14, 25-31, 46-54, 66-67

Lady Archers digest back-to-back losses with 54-point whipping from Lady Bulldogs

(Photo by Karl Dela Cruz) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers absorbed their second straight loss of the UAAP Season 82 after bowing down to the defending champions National University (NU) Lady Bulldogs, 58-112, yesterday, September 11, at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

Veteran Chuchi Paraiso paced the team with 14 points, four rebounds, and two assists in the losing effort. Rookie Kent Pastrana continued her splendid performance with an all-around game of 12 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Right from the get go, the Lady Bulldogs showed why they are the defending champions of the tournament. Pringle Fabruada nailed a basket that ignited a 5-0 start for the Lady Bulldogs. A basket by Angel Quingco from Paraiso put the Lady Archers on the scoreboard. But, with 5:42 remaining in the first quarter, head coach Cholo Villanueva was forced to call a timeout as their deficit increased to 10 points, 7-17. The Green-and-White continued to struggle getting buckets as the Blue-and-Gold, on the other hand, widened the gap to 16, 9-25. At the end of the opening period, the Lady Archers trailed the Lady Bulldogs, 9-29.

La Salle found no opportunity in the second quarter either as the Lady Bulldogs fought back with rebounds and a barrage of three-pointers, allowing the Lady Archers only one point until the 5:08 mark. The Taft-based squad slowly found rhythm in the remainder of the half, as veterans Charmaine Torres and Bettina Binaohan paced the team. Pastrana knocked down a badly-needed triple 1:01 remaining in the half, but her team was already looking up to a 35-point mountain, 27-62, to climb.

It was a slow start for both teams in the third quarter as La Salle locked down NU for almost five minutes. The Lady Archers capitalized with consecutive baskets as they aimed to trim NU’s lead. At the end of the quarter, the Jhocson-based squad was limited to only eight points. However, their cushion was just still too big for the Taft-based squad, who remained behind, 43-70.

The Lady Archers managed to bring themselves back to as much as within 24, 46-70. But a 12-2 run by the Lady Bulldogs restored a 34 lead. The defending champions pushed the tempo even further as they hit the century mark with three minutes remaining in the game. La Salle could only stare at a 50-point deficit as they absorbed their second loss.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-2) will try to arrest their two-game skid as they go against the UE Lady Red Warriors on Saturday, September 14, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.


DLSU (58) – Paraiso 14, Pastrana 12, Revillosa 8, Binaohan 7, Quingco 6, Torres 3, Sario 3, Castillo 3, Okoli 2

NU (112) – Itesi 20, Clarin 19, Animam 18, Pingol 14, Hayes 11, Cac 9, Supada 4, Canuto 4, Cacho 4, Bartolo 3, Harada 2, Fabruada 2, Del Carmen 2

Quarterscores: 9-29, 27-62, 43-70, 58-112

Lady Archers succumb to Ateneo as Okoli double-double goes for naught

(Co-written by Genrev Villamin) (Photo by Flavius Dulce) The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers suffered their first loss of the UAAP Season 82 in a tight ending against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Lady Eagles, 90-92, yesterday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Maureen Okoli posted a huge double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while Kent Pastrana continued her remarkable performance with 21 points, four rebounds, and five steals. Lee Sario added 15 points for the Lady Archers in the losing cause.

Ateneo stepped on the pedal at the onset of the game. They took an early 3-2 lead with a triple from Alyssa Villamor, before blowing it to 20-12 at the 5:49 mark of the opening period courtesy of a Kat Guytingco basket. From thereon, La Salle unleashed an 18-6 run including an initial 8-0 run to tie it at 20-all. The first quarter finished with the Lady Archers on top, 30-26.

The Green-and-White extended their biggest lead to seven, 36-29, after Rossini Espinas buried a triple off a dish by Angel Quingco with 7:41 to go at the first half. A basket by Bernice Paraiso pushed the game to its first double-digit spread, 42-31. Ateneo finished the half with four unanswered points as the Lady Archers settled for a seven-point advantage, 52-45.

The Blue-and-White strung five more points to start the third quarter to bring themselves to within two, 50-52, with 7:15 remaining. A bucket by Okoli made it another two-possession cushion for her team, but the Taft-based squad surrendered their lead after Villamor connected back-to-back treys to give the Katipunan-based squad a 58-54 lead. The Lady Archers were held scoreless from the 7:02 mark of the third quarter up to the 3:27 mark. A long-distance shot by Mel Newsome gave the Lady Eagles their first double-digit lead at 71-60. They pushed it to 14 as La Salle ended the third trailing, 63-77.

At the final period, it was a catchup game to be played by the Lady Archers. They chopped their deficit to only single digits, 75-84, at the 5:25 mark via a Pastrana two-pointer. With less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Lady Eagles seemed to have kept their opponents at bay, relaxing on an 89-80 lead. However, the Green-and-White would not back down as an Espinas basket started a comeback for her team. La Salle’s defense forced six turnovers and two missed baskets from Ateneo in the last three minutes. Team captain Bennette Revillosa logged her only two points with 36 ticks to go to pull her team to the closest it had ever been, 90-92. A shot clock violation called against Ateneo gave La Salle the final possession, but Pastrana back-rimmed the game-tying shot.

The DLSU Lady Archers (1-1) will face the still undefeated and defending champions NU Lady Bulldogs on Wednesday, September 11, 8 AM at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.


DLSU (90) – Pastrana 21, Okoli 19, Sario 15, Espinas 7, Binaohan 6, Quingco 6, Del Campo 5, Torres 5, Paraiso 4, Revillosa 2

ADMU (92) – Villamor 20, Guytingco 15, Newsome 14, Yam 14, Chu 11, Joson 10, Nimes 8

Quarterscores: 30-26, 52-45, 63-77, 90-92

UAAP Season 82 Team Preview: DLSU Lady Archers

(Photo by Jempoy Pimentel) Two years removed from the UAAP Final Four, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Archers begin their Season 82 campaign hungry for a spot back into the semifinals.

DLSU Lady Archers in Season 81: 8-6 (5th place)

Holdovers: Bettina Binaohan, Rhea Castillo, Lauryn Del Campo, Rossini Espinas, Jel Jajurie, Marga Jimenez, Vea Malarde, Bernice Paraiso, Angel Quingco, Bennette Revillosa, Lee Sario, Charmaine Torres

Additions: Mica Camba, Beatrix Dalisay, Maureen Okoli, Kent Pastrana

Departures: Joe Arciga, Khate Castillo, Camille Claro, Kat Nunez

Led by then graduating point guard and team captain Camille Claro, the Lady Archers started Season 81 on a high note, winning their first two games against the Adamson Soaring Lady Falcons and the UE Lady Red Warriors. Claro, who missed the entire Season 80 after suffering an ACL injury, made an immediate impact as one of the pillars of the team.

Their back-to-back wins, however, were halted when they absorbed back-to-back losses to eventual finalists, the four-time defending champion NU Lady Bulldogs and the FEU Lady Tamaraws. The tables turned as they connected three consecutive wins against UST, UP, and Ateneo to finish the first round win-loss record of 5-2 placing third behind NU and FEU.

The Cholo Villanueva-mentored squad seemed to have hit a huge wall when they dropped three straight games to start the second round. They lost to UE, before the Lady Bulldogs dealt them an unforgettable 47-point massacre, for their worst outing of the season, 64-111. They sank to a 5-5- win-loss record after their second meeting with FEU.

Determined to improve their record to above 0.500, they bounced back by sweeping their elimination round games against UP, Adamson, and Ateneo, respectively.

With a win-loss record of 8-5, the Lady Archers’ Final Four hopes were still very much in their hands as they remained in third place ahead of their match against UST (7-6), who was also wrestling for a slot in the semis. On the other hand, a win by Adamson solidified their entry and gave them one of the last two seats in the Final Four.

The same result would have easily given La Salle a third place finish in the eliminations and eliminate UST from contention. Instead, the Golden Tigresses dragged the Lady Archers to a rubber match with a win that gave both of them an 8-6 card. UST then went on to win the playoff match to close the Taft-based squad’s Season 81 and send them to their second straight premature exit.

Tomorrow, the DLSU Lady Archers will commence their Season 82 campaign at 10 AM. They will face the UP Fighting Lady Maroons at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion.

The Green-and-White will be led by team captain Bennette Revillosa and veteran holdovers Marga Jimenez, Bernice Paraiso, and Charmaine Torres. Meanwhile, Mica Camba, Beatrix Dalisay, Maureen Okoli, and Kent Pastrana will be among the new faces to watch out for the Lady Archers.

Learning from what happened to them in Season 81, Revillosa stated, “Each game is important. It can make or break the chances of being in the postseason.”

To prepare for the upcoming season, the Lady Archers participated in various tournaments and tuneup games in the offseason. “We learned a different way of playing basketball from different teams we encountered especially during the Xiamen Tournament,” the team captain shared.

It will be a big adjustment for them since they only have a few senior players. Hence, they tried to develop chemistry with their rookies through various tournaments and tuneup games.

Revillosa vowed to be “a role model that they (rookies) can look up to whenever they feel down and help them to pick themselves up.” She added, “I do my best to play well each game because it can be a tool for me to easily motivate them in times of their struggles.”

The Lady Archers reiterated that their goal will always be none less than the championship. But for Revillosa, before they can reach that, they need to have a concrete goal. She expressed, “We have to get at least 14 wins.” But she also mentioned that they are currently a work in progress, and they will take things one at a time.

Expect the DLSU Lady Archers to go all out each game as they strive #4wardLaSalle in UAAP Season 82.

DYNASTY! Lady Booters vanquish FEU to claim third straight title

Photo by: Dara Evangelista

Poised to win it all in the championship match, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Booters entered their final game of the season brimming with confidence as they faced the Far Eastern University (FEU) Lady Tamaraws.

Indeed after 90 minutes of ball game, the Lady Booters delivered, pulling a 2-0 win over their rivals to be hailed as the champions of the UAAP Season 81 Women’s Football tournament yesterday, May 16 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.

With the victory, La Salle cemented their dynasty off a third consecutive title that also allowed them to become the winningest team in the league’s history, bannering 11 championships. The Lady Booters broke what was erstwhile a shared record between them and, coincidentally, the Lady Tamaraws, whose number remained at 10.

La Salle and FEU kept the game tight after figuring out in a nil to nil scoring at the first half.

In the second half, Sara Castañeda capitalized on a free kick at the 53rd minute of the match. The 22-year-old midfielder found Rocelle Mendaño, who finished with a header to put La Salle up, 1-0. At the 79th mark, Shai Del Campo sent the ball at the back of the net for a 2-0 lead, sinking the Lady Tamaraws effectively.

During the awarding ceremony, the Taft-based squad bagged various individual awards led by Castañeda’s MVP and Best Midfielder prizes. After leading the Green-and-White in scoring, Del Campo claimed the Best Striker and Rookie of the Year awards. Tashka Lacson defended her Best Goalkeeper title.

Green Batters clinch Baseball title behind Gesmundo’s clutch homer

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

BULLSEYE! The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters are UAAP champions once again after triumphing in the winner-take-all Game 3 of the Season 81 Baseball Finals against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 11-9, on Friday, April 5, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

A do-or-die match erstwhile taken control of by the Green-and-White suddenly became anybody’s game. La Salle finally came to their senses and broke their prolonged silence by sending Boo Barandiaran home. The Green Batters then leaned on an Anton Acuña two-run single that pushed their lead to 9-5 at the top of the eighth inning.

Ateneo stayed at the backseat in the first seven innings, but it only took a short span of sequences for them to stage their own comeback. A pop-fly by Gino Altomonte sent Macasaet home, leaving the Lasallian crowd stunned and causing a ruckus in the Atenean side, as the Blue Eagles knotted it at 9-all. After everything that had happened, the game was headed to an instant classic.

The Green Batters made sure to strike at least one in what could be their last shot at the scoreboard. Instead, they found themselves on a dangerous two outs after Barandiaran’s and team captain Iggy Escaño’s full swings landed straight to the Katipunan. Diego Lozano was the lone bright spot at the first base.

All anxious, prayers were being lifted by both sides as to what would happen in the next set of events. With all eyes on him and the pressure intensifying, Kiko Gesmundo reconfirmed to everybody why he was the reigning and defending UAAP MVP. He fired a miraculous two-run homer that delivered him and Lozano back home, causing a complete pandemonium all over the stadium, and most importantly, giving them the go-ahead 11-9 lead.

To start the game, the Green Batters wasted no time in putting themselves up on the scoreboard. With Paolo Salud, Lozano, and Gesmundo loading all of La Salle’s bases at the top of the first inning, Tuwi Park got a walk to send Salud home. Anton Rosas then swung a sacrificial one far right to bring Lozano back home for a 2-0 lead as La Salle’s offense also ended.

La Salle’s first surprise came in after head coach Joseph Orillana fielded Gesmundo at the mound. Gesmundo’s pitching made quick work of Ateneo’s batters as the Blue Eagles ended their offense scoreless.

Lozano’s walk, which followed Season 80 ROY Angelo Tantuico and Salud’s singles filled La Salle’s bases once again. Barandiaran then capitalized by hitting it straight to the center field, which sent Tantuico home. On the defensive side, a pitcher-catcher miscue committed by Gesmundo and Rosas allowed Altomonte to race to the home plate.

A sacrifice bunt by Rosas inched Gesmundo one base away from home, while also bringing Park to the second base. Salud then returned the favor by sending Gesmundo home on a low swing to the left field. Come Ateneo’s offensive, La Salle forced three quick outs against the Blue Eagles to maintain a 4-1 distance after three innings.

The Taft-based squad continued their scoring spree at the top of the fourth inning. Back-to-back fumbles by the Katipunan-based defenders sent Barandiaran and team captain Iggy Escaño home in different plays. La Salle pushed their lead to 6-1, which they maintained after earning their first scoreless offensive in the fifth inning.

Things started to get interesting at the bottom of the same inning, where Ateneo’s aggressiveness began to heat up. The Blue Eagles pulled back to within three, 3-6, following a two-run batted in by Tan. On the other hand, the Green Batters seemed to have cooled off after laying down another egg at the top of the sixth inning.

Park missed a Mallari hit at the bottom of the sixth, allowing Bitong to sprint back to their bench. Macasaet then brought Mallari back as Ateneo pounded their way back into the game, suddenly trailing by only one point, 5-6.

Although they were able to defend and keep their lead, La Salle continued to shoot zeroes in the seventh inning. Both teams produced nothing in a prologue to what eventually turned out to be dramatic and heart-stopping eighth and ninth innings.

Barandiaran will leave the Green Batters with the Best Hitter award, while Gesmundo is the uncontested Finals MVP. Escaño bagged the Most RBIs Made award. Lastly, Lozano claimed the Best Slugger, Most Home Runs, and Season MVP awards.

Green Batters fall short in Game 2 as Ateneo forces sudden death

Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters dropped a potential title-clinching Game 2 against the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 3-7, on Tuesday, April 2, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

La Salle had a cold offense to start the top of the first inning as they were held scoreless. On the other hand, Banzon and Macasaet went to the third and bases, respectively, following a double from the latter. Gino Tantuico connected on a single to send his teammates home and put Ateneo on the scoreboard, 2-0.

In the third inning, the Green Batters defensively stepped up their game as Diego Lozano finally put La Salle likewise on the scoreboard, 1-2. Team captain Iggy Escaño swung a dangerous one and what could have been an easy catch for Ateneo. However, two Blue Eagles on the right field committed a miscue as Lozano escaped with a run to the home plate. Reigning UAAP MVP Kiko Gesmundo followed it up with a shot deep to the center that sent Boo Barandiaran home and tied things up at 2-all.

Ateneo answered right away at the bottom of the same inning. Tantuico hit a single as Macasaet rushed to the third base. Tan sent Macasaet home with his own single, before a bunt Bitong got Tantuico running to the home plate. Another bunt by Andaya almost allowed a complete rotation by Altomonte, but a double play by the Green Batters prevented him and ended their offense. La Salle trailed Ateneo, 2-4, after three innings.

Reigning ROY Angelo Tantuico opted for a sacrifice bunt to send Mark Evangelista and Anton Rosas to third and second bases, respectively, in the fourth inning. However, the Taft-based squad could not capitalize as an easy catch on Paolo Salud’s fly ball and a strikeout on Lozano ended La Salle’s inning scoreless.

On the other hand, Mallari started the Blue Eagles’ offense with a double. Macasaet also swung a double as he and Mallari switched positions. Ateneo led La Salle, 5-2, after four innings.

The Green Batters continued to produce blanks in the next four innings. Nevertheless, they were able to hold the Blue Eagles scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings to keep themselves within striking distance.

However, Ateneo saw an opportunity at the bottom of the seventh inning to score two more points as Tantuico hit a two-run homer. The score stabilized during the eighth inning with Ateneo having a comfortable lead of five points.

With their backs against the wall and a four-run deficit entering the top of the ninth inning, La Salle did not want to back down just yet. Lozano earned a walk, and then followed it up with an escape to steal the second base. Barandiaran sent Lozano home as La Salle’s offense finally woke up. Unfortunately, their stand proved to be the last as the Blue Eagles were able to tag Barandiaran and end the game to their favor, 7-3.

The DLSU Green Batters will face the Blue Eagles one last time on Friday, April 5, 12 NN at the same venue, with the winner taking the UAAP Season 81 Baseball title.

Green Batters move one win away from claiming Baseball title

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Jempoy Pimentel

After four hours of play under the heat of the sun, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters drew first blood in the UAAP Season 81 Baseball Finals to move one win away from claiming the championship.

La Salle defeated archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles, 9-7, in Game 1 of the best-of-three series last Friday, March 29, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Green Batters and the Blue Eagles engaged in a low-scoring match as the Season 80 first runners-up held on to a 1-0 lead after five innings. The latter remained blank after their offensive in the sixth inning. At the bottom of the same inning, things started to spice up for the Green Batters.

First, a sacrifice bunt by Tuwi Park brought Pineda to second base. Rosas then hit a double with an RBI that sent Pineda home. Paolo Salud scored a single with an RBI to bring Rosas home and Angelo Tantuico to second base. Diego Lozano eventually loaded all bases for DLSU. Back-to-back walks from Boo Barandiaran brought Tantuico and Salud home and gave La Salle a 5-0 edge over Ateneo.

Rookie pitcher Luis Miñana suffered from cramps in the seventh inning, and the Blue Eagles capitalized. They cut their deficit to three after finally putting themselves on the scoreboard, 2-5. However, they could not read Barandiaran as soon as he made adjustments in the following inning.

The Taft-based squad looked to pull away at the bottom of the eighth inning. Lozano started it off with a double followed by a single from Barandiaran. Team captain Iggy Escaño cleared the bases after hitting a home run that also sent Lozano and Barandiaran home. Kiko Gesmundo scored a single before an RBI by Rosas sent the UAAP Season 80 MVP home. After eight innings, La Salle erected a huge seven-run lead over Ateneo, 9-2.

The Blue Eagles put up their last stand at the top of the ninth inning. Andaya, Mallari, and Banzon each hit singles to load all bases. Macasaet sent Andaya home off a pitch from Lozano, who replaced Barandiaran. With all their bases still loaded, Tantuico hit a grand slam. All of a sudden, the crowd were into a suspense ending as Ateneo pulled to within only two runs behind, 9-7. However, the Green Batters would not be denied as they were able to tag the last hitter from Katipunan to seal Game 1.

Support the DLSU Green Batters as they look to end the series and claim the championship tomorrow, April 2, 12 NN at the same venue.

Escaño: Game versus UP a ‘confidence-builder’ for the team

Co-written by: Genrev Villamin
Photo by: Steffi Chua

Although they have already secured a return to the Finals after their Round 2 victory over Ateneo, the De La Salle University (DLSU) Green Batters continued to ride their momentum with a 21-9 victory over the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons last Wednesday, March 20, at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

La Salle finished the eliminations with an 8-2 win-loss record to top the league in standings. They prepare for a three-game Finals series against their archrivals Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Eagles.

The Green Batters’ game against UP was a no-bearing game as they were anyway assured of a spot in the grand stage regardless of the outcome. This did not mean, however, that they could take it lightly.

“We felt that the game was still very important because now is not the time to relax,” Escaño mentioned.

A win to end the eliminations would not only give them a sweep of Round 2, but more importantly also stretch their winning streak to six games, bridging the first and second rounds. And that was exactly what they needed heading into the finals.

“You want to be at the top of your game,” said Escaño. He added, “Confidence plays a big role in doing so. When you’re confident with the way you’re playing, that’s when you’re at your best. I told the team to use this game (against UP) as a confidence-builder.”

With the kind of performance they put against UP, the veteran hitter could not be more confident of their chances in the finals. “Our offense stayed hot and our defense was steady. That was a good sign heading into the finals.”

Escaño felt that they still committed errors which prevented them from ending the game earlier. The Green Batters were up by eight runs, 12-4, after six innings, and had a chance to end it in the following inning. Nonetheless, those were “not really a major thing for that game, but those are the types of things we can’t commit in the finals.”

Entering the best-of-three championship round with a great momentum, the Green Batters’ captain sees his team to be “playing really good Baseball right now. We’re definitely peaking at the right time.”

The only thing they have to make sure is to be able to execute in the finals the same Baseball they are playing right now.

Support the DLSU Green Batters in Game 1 of the Finals on Friday, March 29, 12 noon at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

Lady Batters return favor to UST with a sweep in battle for semis bonus

The De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Batters gave the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) Golden Tigresses a dose of their own medicine with a mercy rule defeat, 7-0, in their second round meeting in the UAAP Season 81 Softball Tournament yesterday, March 18 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

It can be remembered that it was the Golden Tigresses who stained the Lady Batters’ erstwhile immaculate win-loss record of 3-0 via mercy rule, 7-0, back in the first round of the tournament.

Both squads entered the game with an identical 7-4 win-loss record. But with the last twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals at stake, the Lady Batters showed the Golden Tigresses they were the hungrier team in the game.

Rookie pitcher Kiana Juan immediately struck out two offenders as UST had no chance to score. On the offensive end, the Lady Batters took every chance they got. Nica Velasco got a walk first. Later on, Mercy Arroyo followed triple with RBI, bringing the former home.

At the bottom of the third frame, Velasco reached the second base. Team captain Jamica Arribas then made sure that her team would secure their lead by making a home run, sending her and Velasco home. La Salle was ahead, 3-0, after the third inning.

Chinny Ejar started off the fourth period with a single followed by Miranda’s triple with RBI that brought Ejar home. Velasco then kept the streak going with a double and an RBI to add Miranda to the Lady Batters’ offensive party.

The España-based squad remained scoreless after five innings. On the other hand, the Taft-based squad have already put five markers on the board.

With the Tigresses still unable to put themselves up, a huge window opened for La Salle to prematurely end the match. And they did so as the Lady Batters finished it with a bang. Miranda’s single opened the bottom of the sixth. Afterwards, Velasco scored a double with RBI that delivered Miranda home. Badeth Benson also got a walk. Arribas finally capped it with a single and RBI for an easy jog all the way home for Velasco.

Head coach Jasper Cabrera ended the game with smiles as he witnessed her wards creating history for La Salle. “First time mag-Top Two in years. Palaging nagkaroon ng tie break sa Top Four pero natatalo,” the soft-spoken coach said.

Cabrera also praised her rookie pitcher. “Naimpress ako kay (Kiana) Juan. Sinasabi ko sa kanya, ‘limang taon ka dito sa La Salle, aalagaan ka dito. Mas mataas na ang level ninyo ngayon dahil maganda ang pinakita ninyo.'”

With the victory, they setup a semifinals series against the same opponent. But, they will hold an important twice-to-beat advantage over the third-placed UST.

“Pinaalala ko sa kanila na maglaro nang natural kagaya ngayon. Walang nerbyos para magawa ang lahat ng gusto,” the coach spoke briefly on how they are planning to head to the playoffs.

The DLSU Lady Batters (8-4) will face UST in the first game of the semifinals on Saturday, March 23, 11 AM at the same venue.