UP Fighting Maroons Defeat DLSU Lady Green Batters in UAAP Softball Opener

UP Fighting Maroons Defeat DLSU Lady Green Batters in UAAP Softball Opener

The University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons secured a triumphant start to their UAAP Season 86 Softball Tournament campaign, defeating the De La Salle University (DLSU) Lady Green Batters with a score of 5-1. The exciting match unfolded at the UP Baseball Field in Diliman, Quezon City, showcasing the competitive spirit and skill of both teams.

The Fighting Maroons capitalized on timely hits to make an impact, scoring in four out of the six innings they played on offense. Second-year catcher Reuel Caoagdan set the tone with a crucial two-RBI single, driving home Danica Aquino and Nickole Dela Cruz to give UP an early lead.

Despite a valiant effort from the Lady Green Batters, who managed to secure one run in the sixth inning courtesy of centerfielder Julian Moral and third baseman Cassandra Ynot, UP’s solid defense proved too formidable to overcome. Led by second-year pitcher Kacelyn Valino, who delivered an outstanding performance with 13 strikeouts, UP maintained control until the final inning, sealing the victory and setting a promising tone for the season ahead.

Head coach Ron Pagkaliwagan expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance, highlighting Valino’s resilience and the effective defensive strategies implemented throughout the game.

As UP enjoys a well-deserved bye on Wednesday, attention shifts to the anticipated debut of reigning champions Adamson University against the University of Santo Tomas (UST). UST, coming off a dominant 13-0 victory over Ateneo de Manila University, shares the leaderboard’s top spot with UP.

In their impressive win, UST showcased a potent offensive display, particularly in the fourth and fifth innings, where they scored a combined eight runs. Second baseman Lyca Blanco led the charge with a flawless 4-for-4 hitting performance, while senior Charlotte Sales contributed significantly with two hits and three runs.

Fil-Chinese pitcher Chang Chih-Ling and emerging talent Royevel Palma delivered a stellar pitching performance, orchestrating a no-hitter shutout against Ateneo, solidifying UST’s status as a formidable contender in the tournament.