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Huge 1st inning rally leads to UP’s first win of the season

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In a battle between two teams gunning for their first win, it was the Gab Rodriguez-led University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons punching their way into the win column with an 11-1 mercy rule win over the slumping Adamson Soaring Falcons last Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The University of the Philippines started the bottom of half of the first inning on fire. The Fighting Maroons were able to score five runs courtesy of team captain JC Pantan, SJ San Juan, James Legaspi, Karl Peralta and Joaquin Silvestre. Fielding errors by the Adamson squad led to the majority of the UP runs.

The Falcons were able to trim the UP deficit in the 5th inning when Erwin Bosita hit a sacrifice fly that led to an Eric Gesmundo run. The Gesmundo-run eventually was the only run scored by the Falcons.

The Fighting Maroons extended the lead further in the 7th inning with 3 more runs. Javier Lopez, SJ San Juan, and James Legaspi, the latter two with their 2nd runs of the day, extended the UP lead to 8-1. Three more runs in the 8th inning by Diego Gonzalez, Javier Lopez, and Martin Senador sealed the game in favor of the batters from Diliman.

It was an excellent defensive game by the UP Maroons as they only allowed five hits and left five Soaring Falcons on base before ending their defensive innings. UP also committed just two errors in the game.

James Legaspi led the UP offense with two runs, a 1B, and an RBI. SJ San had an excellent outing as well in scoring 2 runs and hitting a single. UP starting pitcher On the other hand, Gabe Rodriguez led the UP defense in giving up just 4 hits and striking out two batters from Adamson.

The UP Fighting Maroons will try to make it two in a row as they face the University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox in the first game of the day on Sunday, February 8 while the Adamson Soaring Falcons will try to notch their first win against the National University Bulldogs on Sunday. Both games will still be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

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