Maria Rodriguez posted a solid 224 in game six.

Maria Rodriguez posted a solid 224 in game six.

April 14, 2011

TAYLOR, Mich. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) couldn't get it going at all in the sixth match of the day as they lost to Kutztown 990-941, leaving nine open frames and falling in the first four spots. Maria Rodriguez was the bright spot in the match, looking like the National Player of the Year she is, posting a 224 and out-dueling KU anchor Samantha Santoro by 50 pins.

Rodriguez looked great opening with a pair of spares but then five straight strikes, sparing and striking. She caught the open bug in the tenth however rolling a seven and one, once the match was no longer in contention.

Paula Vilas was also solid at the lead-off spot posting a 209, 11 pins off her counterpart. She threw six strikes along the way.

The problem for UMES was the middle where the Hawks couldn't get it going. Martha Perez and T'Nia Falbo were both pulled and Megan Buja and Anggie Ramirez finished their games respectively. Perez officially finished with a 154, Falbo with a 163 and Kristina Frahm had a respectable 191. They gave up a whopping 88 pins at in those spots.

The loss drops UMES to 3-3 and from second place to third. Kutztown got their second win of the day to move to sixth place.

The Hawks have one match left, a date with Arkansas State at 5:40 p.m. Both teams are tied at 3-3 and the result could play greatly into the final standings.