UAAP: Baseball and softball competitions moved to Dec. 10?

November 16, 2011 1:12 am 

MANILA, Nov. 15 — Competitions in baseball and softball of the UAAP Season 74 may be postponed from its original date of November 27 to December 10 — unless the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) completes earlier its skinning of the infield of the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

According to athletic director Malou Isip of baseball and softball subhost Adamson University, the PSC has not confirmed if the skinned area of the pitch would be available for the original date of opening.

By skinning, it means removing the grass, particularly on the infield.

Hostilities in baseball are supposed to start on November 27 with a simple opening ceremony kicking off the season at 7 a.m., followed immediately by the 8 a.m. encounter where the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Tigers open defense of their title against De La Salle.

Other opening-day games pit Ateneo against Adamson University and University of the Philippines (UP) against National University.

On November 30, also at the Rizal Memorial diamond, softball hostilities get going with reigning champion Adamson University taking on De La Salle at 9 a.m.

At 11 a.m., it will be UP against UST after which Ateneo battles UE at 1 p.m.

UST owns the most number of baseball championships with 24, followed by Far Eastern University (FEU) with 13 and Adamson and UP with 11 each. Adamson won three straight competitions, but the streak was broken last season by the Tigers.

FEU tops the honor roll in UAAP softball with 19 titles, but has not won since it bagged a record 19 straight crowns from 1963 to 1984. Adamson has 10 titles, winning its first in the 1997-98 season.

So far, 14 events in seven sports have been completed in the first semester of Season 74. Also on the second-semester program are football, chess, tennis, fencing, athletics and volleyball.

UST had a successful run in the first semester and leads the race for the general championship in both the seniors' and juniors' divisions.

The Espana-based school had a front-running 151 points in the seniors' division, followed by De La Salle with 139 points, Ateneo with 117, FEU with 111, UP with 105, UE with 72, Adamson with 56, and NU with 34.

In juniors, UST amassed 65 points, followed closely by UE with 62 points, Ateneo with 48, La Salle-Zobel with 44, NU with 27, UP-Integrated School with 23, FEU with 22 and Adamson with 14. (PNA)

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