February 7 was a special day for Adamson baseball and senior Melvin Rosita.
Coming from a crushing loss against Ateneo, Melvin Rosita and the Adamson University Soaring Falcons held the University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox to just two runs in an 11-2 blowout win to notch their first win in the UAAP Season 78 Baseball Tournament.
Senior and starting pitcher Melvin Rosita was excellent in the first six innings of the contest. The senior only allowed three hits during the innings while the Adamson fielders complemented their skipper’s efforts. Only five batters were able to reach base for the Golden Sox while stranding two runners at prime scoring position during the fifth inning when UST was trying to put one up on the scoreboard.
“Si Rosita isa sa mga betarano namin yan. Last year na niya sa Adamson kaya kelangan niya magpapakita bago siya maka-graduate,” Adamson head coach Orlando Banarao said of his captain’s performance. “Mag-iwan man lang siya ng remembrance para sa mga kasamahan niya.”
On the offensive end, the Falcons immediately blasted their opponents with four runs at the bottom of the opening inning. Four hits, all singles, led to Kimberlee Lopez being relieved of pitching duties right in the closing end of the inning. The runs were made by Erwin Bosito, Laurence Ruiz, Jerome Yenson, and Rosita himself with two of those runs batted by John Maigue.
The pitching and overall defense of the Golden Sox was lackadaisical to say the least all throughout. Even with two more pitching changes, the UST fielders allowed six more hits and committed four costly errors that helped continue the blowout. Three more runs in the third inning, highlighted by a single by Gerald Riparip that brought home two runners gave Adamson a huge 7-0 lead.
“Nung natalo kami sa Ateneo, hindi kami makapalo kaya nag-ensayo talaga kami ng palo namin,” Banarao shared to Tiebreaker Times. “Ngayon, umpisa pa lang nakapalo kaagad. Maganda yung naging resulta ng pag-ensayo namin.”
With the Soaring Falcons holding a comfortable 11-0 lead going into the 7th inning, the Golden Sox tried to stage an improbable comeback with Adamson rookie John Neresa up on the mound. A single by Julius Diaz opened the inning while a walk of Noriel Valencia and a sacrifice fly to right field by Arcel Aligno placed UST on the scoreboard. After another run was punched in by Valencia courtesy of a Marlon Gonzales single. Due to the mini rally by the Golden Sox, Rosita was immediately brought back to the game and eventually finished it.
Even if the game was out of reach, Melvin Rosita and lefty pitcher Lesmar Ventura were assessed warnings due to taunting. Fortunately, no penalties were assessed on the two by the game officials and tournament commissioner.
“Galing sila sa panalo. Hindi namin akalain na magiging ganito ang score,” Banarao said after the game. “Sana naman hindi sila nag-relax going into this game.”
Maigue had an excellent outing as he went 2 for 2. He was able to connect with a single and a double that led to three RBIs. Rosita, on the other hand, only gave up three hits against 19 batters. Together with the Adamson fielders, they were able to leave four runners on base and commit just one error.
The Adamson Soaring Falcons (1-1) will open the Wednesday slate this week as they face the DLSU Green Batters (1-1) at 7:00am. Later on, the UST Golden Sox (1-1) face a tough task as they face the Ateneo Blue Eagles (2-0) to close out the day.