UST Golden Sox frustrate NU
“Na-break namin 'yung dalawang (game losing streak) kailangan na kailangan namin ito," Santiago said.
The University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox grabbed their first win at the expense National University Bulldogs, 11-6, in the UAAP Season 79 Baseball tournament Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.
Pitcher Ron Dela Cruz controlled NU in the last three innings not letting them earn a run and striking out five batters.
The Espana-based batters started strong as they scored three runs in the second inning but the Bulldogs bounced back in the third with Alfredo De Guzman III earning a double Runs Batted In (RBI) and a run back home.
Dela Cruz led a UST comeback in the fourth as he scored a run off an NU’s error while Jayrome Kimilat batted a double RBI to bring Elijah Pagkaliwananagan and John Pedracio home, 6-3.
The Bulldogs brought the game to its second deadlock in the sixth as Clarence Caasalan, Keneth Ybañez and Azriel Villalobos each scored a run. UST would stop the bleeding in the same inning as Marlon Gonzales and team captain Max Mercado scored their own runs, 8-6.
UST had a chance to close out the match in the seventh inning with Gonzales leading to a Alwen Calbang walk off leaving the field fully loaded before NU took a sign of relief with three straight Strike outs 9-6.
Jefferson Ventura and Noriel Valencia closed the game for the Golden Sox with their two runs in the right while Dela Cruz blanked NU in the ninth inning.
“Nabreak namin yung dalawang (game losing streak)kailangan na kailangan namin ito. Buti nadeliver yung aming mga palo tsaka nahold ng aming reliever si Ron Dela Cruz. Tsaka si (Marlon) Gonzales may dalawang dikit bakod (flyballs),” Golden Sox head coach Jeffrey Santiago said.
While happy with the win, Santiago was still not satisfied with the team’s performance.
“Marami pa ring kulang. Kulang sila ng puso,” he said.
UST looks to carry their momentum when they face the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the same venue.
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