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After steering the Ateneo Blue Eagles to its first baseball championship four years ago, Miguel Salud is making a name for himself in NCAA Division 3 baseball with the California Lutheran Univrsity Kingsmen.
The 22-year-old pitcher, who won both Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year during the 75th season of the UAAP, helped the Kingsmen reach the NCAA Division 3 World Series, closing out during their Final Four tilt against North Central (Illinois), 10-8, Monday. The game was held at the Fox Cities Stadium in Wisconsin, USA.
Salud, a resident of Makati City, proved to be crucial for the Kingsmen down the stretch.
With North Central closing in on the Kingsmen 10-8 during the eighth inning, Salud was able to shut down the Illinois-based squad to seal the win. His 13th save tied the school-record.
The Kingsmen though dropped Game One of the NCAA Division 3 championship to Washington and Jefferson College, 2-12, early Tuesday morning. Game Two of the best-of-three series will take place on May 30 at 12:00nn (PT).
Prior to the NCAA tournament, the 6-foot pitcher won the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year after helping steer the program cop both the regular season and conference post-season championships.
Salud, who has a brother playing for the De La Salle University Green Batters, left for the States after just one school year in Ateneo.
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