MANILA – The rematch of the UAAP Season 80 baseball finals turned out to be a one-sided affair.
Behind a dominant performance by Kiko Gesmundo and precise pitching by Luis Minana, the De La Salle University Green Batters needed just six innings to dispose of reigning UAAP champions Adamson on Saturday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The Green Batters overpowered the Soaring Falcons, 11-0, to open their campaign in the Philippine Baseball League.
"Magandang morale boost ito for the team," said La Salle head coach Joseph Orillana, whose team was swept by Adamson in the UAAP last March.
Gesmundo, the UAAP Season 80 Athlete of the Year, was relentless in the game and went a perfect 4-of-4 at-bat, resulting to four RBIs.
Minana, meanwhile, took charge on the mount and allowed just two hits over four innings, striking out two. Arvin Herrera threw two innings in relief duty.
Still, Orillana is not putting too much weight on their win over Adamson, and stressed that the real battle is yet to begin.
"Pero nakita ko yung ikot ng tao ng Adamson, iba yung shuffle nila ng tao. Pero kami rin naman kanina ganun din. Ang maganda sa team namin kanina, lahat nag-perform pati yung mga second-stringer," added the former Green Batter.
This was not the only game Orillana figured into as he, together with the IPPC Nationals, walloped the rebuilding National University Bulldogs, 14-3, later in the day.
Orillana had four hits in the game, highlighted by a triple in the third inning.
The young Bulldogs had no answer for the squad that features the top players in the country that are no longer eligible to play in the UAAP.
The University of Santo Tomas Golden Sox opened the day with a thrilling 6-4 win over the University of the Philippine Fighting Maroons.
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