HAWKS STRUGGLE ON OPENING DAY IN TEXAS
UMES cheers on one of their own bowlers.
UMES cheers on one of their own bowlers.

Feb. 1, 2013

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ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) had a tough go of it on day one at the Prairie View A&M Invitational, held at the International Training & Research Center in Arlington, Texas. While UMES put up solid numbers to stand in fourth place in the 12 team field, they struggled in the win column, going just 2-3 on the day.

Day one was quad-baker game format and total pinfall over those four games determined the winner. UMES opened fairly well getting a win over Alabama State 827-706 and standing in third place. They then took on Central Missouri. The match was a rematch from the championship round of the Hawk Classic in November. While UMES won that one to claim a championship, CMSU got the better of the Hawks today, posting an 813-744 victory.

The Hawks hoped to rebound against host Prairie View A&M in the third round but the host were upset minded and took advantage of a poor outing by UMES to win 738-698, handing the Hawks their tenth loss of the season. UMES got back in the win column in the fourth round against a familiar foe. They topped MEAC rival Norfolk State 732-701, less than a week after beating in the semi-finals of the Kutztown Invitational.

In the final match of the day, UMES fell 798-725 to the first-place Arkansas State Red Wolves. ASU was hot, winning the day with a pinfall of 4,047 and posting a perfect 5-0 record. Vanderbilt trailed in second place with a 4,028 tally and 4-1 record. Nebraska was third, also at 5-0 and 3,898 pins.

The Hawks were in fourth with 3,726 pins with their 2-3 record and were trailed by Central Missouri who tallied 3,706 pins with a 3-2 mark. Norfolk State had 3,645 and a 2-3 mark as well.

Valparaiso, Stephen F. Austin, Prairie View A&M, Alabama State, Bethune-Cookman and Louisiana Tech rounded out the field with no one hitting the 3,500 pinfall mark.

Thanks to BOWL.com's BOWLTV, two matches per block are streamed live. They will do the same tomorrow for all five blocks in team games.

Last season UMES started the second day in seventh and fought back to fourth. They hope they can again climb at least three spots tomorrow. Action begins at 10:30 a.m. ET.