|UE (4-4), 4th||1||1||2||0||1||0||0||5||12||0|
|ADMU (0-7), 7th||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||4|
The UE Lady Warriors climbed to solo fourth place in the standings in a shut-out victory over the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Batters last Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The University of the East have struggled to find consistency since storming to an early 3-0 start to open the season.
UE’s Maria Lourdes Blanco opened the scoring for the UE Lady Warriors at the top of the first inning. Three consecutive singles hit over ADMU starting pitcher, Nicki Borromeo, was what paved the way for the Blanco run.
An RBI double by Diana Robles gave Junaiza Jaspe a run at the top of the second inning. In addition, a throwing error by ADMU third basewoman, Dakki Dacanay, led to runs by UAAP Season 76 rookie of the year, Roxzell Niloban, and Imee Salvador during the third inning. It was these combination of events that contributed to the further extension of the UE lead to 4-0 by the end of the third inning.
Due to the costly error at third base, the Ateneo coaching staff jumbled their field line-up with pitching duties switched from Nicki Borromeo to sophomore, Ira Nevalga, while Borromeo took over the 3rd base slot.
The Lady Batters from Katipunan almost picked up a run at the fourth inning when a single by Lala Cruz was soon followed by loaded bases with Borromeo, who walked due to balls, and Kat Altomonte gaining base. However, Cruz was picked off at third base while Kat Villa-real and Ira Nevalga were both put out at first base.
Roxzell Niloban scored her second run of the day at the top of the fifth inning, coming from a Rose Mary Panes double to put UE up 5-0.
The UE defense gave up only two hits the entire game. Moreover, UE starting pitcher Elvie Sinangote anchored the defense in putting just 25 batters at-bat. Furthermore, Sinangote struck out seven batters. Finally, only five ADMU batters were able to reach base.
Roxzell Niloban led UE on offense with two runs and two hits, both being singles.
The UE Lady Warriors next play the second place DLSU Lady Batters on Wednesday, February 25 at 9am while the ADMU Lady Batters face the NU Lady Bulldogs at 1pm. Both games will still be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
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