In a game that lasted for four hours and 30 minutes, the UST Golden Sox managed to hold to an early lead to defeat the Adamson Falcons 12-10 last Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The 1st inning saw runs from both squads with UST trailing the Soaring Falcons 2-1. Two runs at the bottom of 1st by Manuel Navasero and Gerald Riparid gave Adamson their only lead for the ballgame.
In the 3rd inning, runs Arvin Plaza, Gio Martinez, Christian Mercado, and Kirk Peralta gave UST the lead for good. UST further extended the lead at the 5th with another 4-run inning with another run by Plaza, Martinez, Mercado, and Kimferlee Lopez. The top of the 5th inning had the Golden Sox gain a huge 11-3 lead.
The batters from San Marcelino tried to stage a comeback in the latter innings. 4 runs in the bottom 5th inning by Nelson Salazar, Kyle Villafana, Erwin Bosito, and Raymond Matic trimmed the UST lead to just 4 runs. Then in the 6th inning, another run by Villafana and a run by Eric Gemundo cut the lead to just 2 runs.
UST’s Arcel Aligno gave the Golden Sox a little cushion with a run in the 7th. The fielders of UST stepped up in the final 3 innings of the game. They only gave up 3 hits in the final 3 innings including 8 putouts.
It was a pitching struggle for the Adamson Falcons. Bad showings by Adamson starting pitcher Raymond Matic and reliever Jerome Yenson as they batted against 21 UST batters in the 4 innings they pitched. Lourence Ruiz, another pitching reliever for Adamson, gave up 4 runs in the one inning he pitched. The 4th pitcher for Adamson, Melvin Rosita, gave up only 1 run, in the 7th, 2 hits, and struck-out 4 UST batters but proved to be too late.
The UST Golden Sox were led by Arvin Plaza with 3 runs, 3 hits, and 3 1B’s. Senior Christian Mercado supplemented the effort with 2 runs, 3RBI’s, 2 1B’s and a 3B.
The now 2-0 University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox next play the defending champions, the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Batters, in the battle of the unbeatens on Sunday, February 1 while the Adamson University Soaring Falcons next face the De La Salle University Green Archers who are coming off a loss on the same day. Both games will be played at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.