Central Philippine University Golden Lions fashioned out a thrilling 5-2 victory over Rizal Technological University on Wednesday in the third day of the 2nd Cebuana Lhuillier National Inter-Collegiate Softball Championships at the Sto. Nino Ballpark, Marikina City.
The game was a seesaw battle between the two teams. CPU Golden Lions Softbelles opened the first inning with a single by Ma. Diane Treyes. Ma. Kristine Gulfan then doubled via a fielding error from third baseman Piad that advanced Diane to third base. A sacrifice fly by Cristine Sebuan scored Diane for the first run. Rizal Technological University then changed the lead in the bottom of the second inning with two runs by RTU's pitcher Sharen Garcia and first baseman Huertas from two errors.
After a tight third to fifth innings, Central Philippine University Golden Lions finally took the lead in the sixth inning. The CPU Golden Lions scored on a two-run double by Geia Dechosa off Garcia, scoring Cristine Sebuan and Tweedle Gee Samson. Cristine racked up two RBIs on two hits for Central Philippine University, the last one plating Diane in the seventh inning. She singled in the sixth and seventh innings.
Jane Daras, once again, looked sharp on the mound and took the win for Central Philippine University. Rizal Technological University managed just three hits off of Daras, who allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out four during her five innings of work. Garcia was charged with the loss. She pitched for seven innings, walked one, struck out six, and allowed five runs.
Dechosa then closed and saved the game with a flawless outing on the mound in the sixth and seventh inning. She faced the last six batters of RTU in the last two innings and allowed no hits, no walks, and no runs.
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