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UAAP 85 Baseball: Allen Mercado pitches no-relief, 10-inning game as UP shocks Adamson

University of the Philippines saw the heroics of Allen Mercado and Nano Asuncion push a 6-5 victory against Adamson University in 10 innings to get its second win in the UAAP Season 85 Baseball tournament, Wednesday at UP Diliman Baseball Field.

Under the pressure of a 2-2 count, UP rookie Nano Asuncion sent his catcher Mark Liwanagan home to take the advantage heading into the bottom of the 10th.

Mercado, a senior pitcher, anchored the Fighting Maroons’ defense to get the last three outs.

Mercado took it by himself in getting the second out, dismissing Aaron Mercado. Then a well-delivered pitch to Keano Reyes’ bat became an easy pickup for shortstop Nano Asuncion for the last out.

“Masasabi ko parang superhero siya ngayon. Parang android, hindi napapagod. Pinakita lang niya yung pagka-senior niya,” UP coach Anthony Dizer commented on Mercado’s no-relief work.

Mercado faced 44 Adamson batters, limiting them to seven hits and registering four strikeouts.

The win put the UP in a share of the lead with Ateneo de Manila University at 2-0.

The Soaring Falcons slipped to an even 1-1 record.

Meanwhile, Asuncion was a machine on defense, ending the game with five putouts –including that game-winning out – and assisting on three of them.

The Fighting Maroons never surrendered the lead they first took in the second inning. Mark Tuballas then extended that advantage to 5-2 with a two-RBI homer to deep left field that scored him and VJ Mangahas.

Just like in their opening-day classic against University of Santo Tomas last Sunday, the Soaring Falcons chipped away the lead.

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Adamson levelled the game in the seventh inning with a double to right-center from Raymond Nerosa scoring Mark Manaig, and eventually setting up the extension.

“Talagang malakas yang Adamson, former champion din. What happened was breaks of the game. Medyo nag-collapse sila nung last inning. Tapos kami, naka-execute kami nung gameplan kaya we were able to win the game,” Dizer saidd.

Adamson started Manuel Medrana on the mound, who allowed six hits and five runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Dan Rommel Bacalla held the fort for Adamson before Asuncion’s go-ahead run in the 10th inning.

The Lines:
Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
UP 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 6 12 5
AdU 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 10 0

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