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Adamson claims 4th straight UAAP softball title

Arriane Vallesteros of the National University Lady Bulldog, center, slides safely to second base even as Queeny Sabobo tries to tag her out despite a late relay of the ball from her teammate during the UAAP Women's Softball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Field. The Lady Falcons beat the Lady Bulldogs 8-1 to win their fourth consecutive softball title.
Arriane Vallesteros of the National University Lady Bulldogs, center, slides safely to second base even as Queeny Sabobo of the Adamson University Lady Falcons tries to tag her out despite a late relay of the ball from her teammate during the UAAP Women’s Softball Championship at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Field. The Lady Falcons beat the Lady Bulldogs 8-1 to win their fourth consecutive softball title.

This is getting to be a habit.

The Adamson University Lady Falcons relied on their awesome  hitting and base running prowess  to trounce the  National University Lady Bulldogs, 8-1, and claim  their fourth consecutive  University Athletic Association of the Philippines  softball crown Friday, February 21 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The Lady Falcons thus completed another perfect season without a single loss to win their 13th UAAP championship and fourth in a row. They have posted 48 consecutive victories in games dating back to 2010.

Pitcher Analie Benjamen had two runs and struck out five batters as she held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless in the first five innings.

She was named the season MVP, aside from being adjudged as the Best Slugger of the tournament.

Adamson starters Julie Muyco, Rizza Bernardino, Tata Embudo, Elvie Entrina and Carol Banay completed their collegiate eligibility and claimed the title as a fitting sendoff.

“Yung ibang nakukuha namin like yung 48-game winning streak, bonus na sa amin ito. Nakagawa na kami ng history sa UAAP. Ang pinaka-importante pa rin sa amin ay yung champion, siyempre,” said Lady Falcons coach Ana Santiago.

Angelie Ursubia tallied three runs, while Clariz Palma, who had a grandslam homerun in Adamson’s series-opening 11-3 victory in six innings last Tuesday, February 18, recorded  two RBIs.

Arriane Vallesteros scored a run at the bottom of the sixth following a throwing error by the Lady Falcons.

Santiago made Benjamen as the starting pitcher in Game 2.

And it paid big dividends for Adamson, which had a roster which is mostly composed of World Series veterans.

“I prepared Benjamen para sa Game 2 baka sakali ma-suprise ko mga batters ng NU. I told her to prepare yourself and she delivered sobra-sobra kaya tuwang-tuwa ako sa kanya,” said Santiago.

Bernardino, last season’s league Athlete of the Year, clinched the Most Homeruns and Best Pitcher award, while Embudo is the Best Hitter.

Vallesteros went home with the Most Stolen Bases award.

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