MANILA, Philippines – MJ Carolino put on a pitching display, holding Adamson University to just four hits and lifting National University to a 9-1 victory in the UAAP Season 85 baseball tournament at the UP Diliman Baseball Field on Tuesday.
Carolino, the reigning UAAP Pitcher of the Year, did an unassisted job. The team’s pitching staff also had seven hits in the contest.
The Bulldogs avenged their 8-10 loss to the Soaring Falcons last March 26 and snapped their three-game skid to 3-5, tied for fourth place with the University of Santo Tomas.
UA coach Egay Delos Reyes credited the team’s defense for the win.
“We did well defensively today [that’s why we won this game]. “Defense has always been our problem in the last few games,” Delos Reyes said. “You know our situation [in the standings]so we just enjoy it and just see what we can do.”
Leading 4-1 by just three going into the sixth inning, the Bulldogs secured the victory this time around, scoring five runs in the frame.
NU third baseman Gio Gorpido sent a hard shot into left field to score both his center fielder Kenneth Maulit and shortstop Cyril Antipolo to start the scoring. Gorpido eventually crossed the plate on a fielder’s choice and right fielder Nigel Paul took second on his behalf.
Two more runs from Reinante Aranzanso, who singled for designated hitter Nico Callendey, and second baseman Kevin Maulit sealed the final score.
Adamson starting pitcher Dan Rommel Bacalla bore the brunt of fourth- and sixth-inning barrages from the Bulldogs before relief pitchers Raymond Matic and King Viterbo stopped the bleeding to one run and one hit in the sixth through ninth innings.
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