UMES SITS IN FIRST AFTER A PERFECT DAY ONE AT KUTZTOWN INVITE
Jan. 25, 2013
READING, Pa. - It was another first place day for the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), posting a perfect 6-0 record and leading the 28-team field by 181 pins with a 4,940 tally. UMES dominated the quad-baker games, posting a tournament high 891 game in the fifth match in a win over Sacred Heart.
The Hawks cruised through No. 8Adelphi (873-807), host No. 10 Kutztown (777-744), No. 17 New Jersey City (853-818), No. 16 Long Island (781-697), No. 12 Sacred Heart (891-720) and Monmouth (765-702).
"We were up and down a little bit," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "We would come out and throw a solid 800, then drop down a hundred pins the next game. We have to be more consistent, but fortunately for us, when we faltered some, so did our opponent and we were able to post a perfect 6-0. When we were on though, our pin totals were great and that enabled us to hold the lead throughout the day."
UMES took the lead after the first quad-bakers with their 873 and never let up. Wisconsin-Whitewater trailed them early on, but the Hawks then looked back to see Vanderbilt and MEAC foe Norfolk State in their mirror. After all six games it was the Spartans of NSU in second with a pinfall of 4,759 and a 4-2 record. Vanderbilt was third with a 4,758, just one pin out of second and a 5-1 mark. Sacred Heart was fourth and Kutztown fifth, both with a 4-2 record. Wisconsin-Whitewater, who topped the Hawks last weekend, was sixth and also was 4-2.
All teams bowled on a modified Montreal pattern, shortened for the event.
Saturday the teams resume play in six traditional five-player game team matches. UMES will take on Penn State-Altoona, No. 5 Fairleigh Dickinson, Cheyney, No. 18 St. Francis (N.Y.), St. Peter's and Salem International tomorrow.
Sunday will be bracket play with Baker best four-of-seven matches.
The event takes place at Heister Lanes in Reading, Pa. and starts Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Two matches per block were broadcast live on BOWL.com's BowlTV. They will continue their coverage throughout the weekend. All are free of charge and links are available on umeshawks.com
The event features fifteen of the nation's top-20 ranked teams, along with nine of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) 13 members.