National University bested University of the Philippines, 4-2, to secure the last Final Four slot Thursday in the UAAP Season 81 softball tournament at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Pearly Joy Lorca sent Leila Tarroza in the top sixth that put the Lady Bulldogs ahead at 3-2.
Aside from that go-ahead RBI, Lorca scored a run to give NU the needed separation.
Elsie dela Torre pitched well the final 3 1/3 innings for the Lady Bulldogs, fanning out two Lady Maroons batters.
NU will face defending eight-time champion Adamson University in the semifinals starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the same Malate venue.
The other semis pairing pits No. 2 De La Salle and No. 3 University of Santo Tomas at 11 a.m. The Lady Falcons and the Lady Batters earn twice-to-beat bonus in the Final Four after finishing 1-2 in the double-round eliminations.
The deciding Final Four matches, if necessary, will be played on Monday, while best-of-three championship is set on March 29.