By Joshua Felix S. Tadena
Adamson Falcons brought down the defending champion UST Growling Tigers, 5-3, in a heartbreaking Game 3 of the UAAP season 70 Baseball Finals last March 3 at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Falcons were down 3-2 with only two innings to go, but surprisingly pulled an upset on the eighth inning. The attack was started by Gian Paulo Llaguno, who was awarded a walk on balls by UST pitcher Jon Jon Robles. Edward Landicho's successful hit secured him the first base. But due to UST third baseman Chun Wang Song's fancy throw error to the second baseman, Llaguno soared to the third base while Landicho safely landed on second. Marvin Malig initiated the grounder that catapulted Landicho to third and made Llaguno's run a score, tying the game 3-3. Richard Siacor was gifted with another walk to the first base then UST catcher Ivan Haresh Gabay's pickoff throw prompted the older Landicho to score and give the first lead for Adamson after the second inning. On the next batting opportunity, Roger Landicho unleashed a chopper that sent Siacor for the third scoring run on the same inning.
Adamson could have easily won the title on their second encounter last March 1 with a 5-1 lead on the eighth inning, but faltered with UST’s last ditch effort on the last inning to reverse the outcome, 8-5.
University of Santo Tomas also faced Adamson University on the finals last year but swept the Falcons, 2-0. Adamson nudged UP in a playoff for the last finals spot and met again on Final Four with the San Marcelino-based batters closing the series in the second game.
Adamson Falcons' pitcher Romeo Jasmin was awarded the most valuable player of the tournament.
On the other hand, Adamson Softbelles failed to increase the record of 6 total UAAP softball championships this season, handing the trophy to University of the Philippines via tournament sweep.