April 15, 2011

TAYLOR, Mich. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) came out a little flat to open day two of the 2011 NCAA Championships. They are bowling in a double elimination best-of-seven Baker style format so they thought it wasn't a problem when they were down 1-0. They were right, they rebounded to take the next four games and win the match 4-1 against Arkansas State University (ASU).

In game one the Red Wolves posted their best game of the day, a 246. UMES mustered just a 196, never straining together enough strikes to top ASU who rolled six to open play.

The Hawks got going again in game two. They posted a 207-182 win, striking four times at the end to overcome to early opens. That included one from T'Nia Falbo who subbed in for Martha Perez. Perez had left a split in the second frame.

In game three UMES picked up a 235-198 win, throwing six straight strikes, leaving just one open for their highest total of the match.

Game four was tougher for the Hawks, winning 203-188, by just 15 pins. Leaving an open in the seventh the recovered with anchor Maria Rodriguez striking out to push the count over 200 and secure a win.

In the final fifth game the Hawks had another barn burner with the pesky Red Wolves. A 203-196 win was the final as UMES squeaked it out by seven pins. The Hawks started off with three straight strikes followed by three spares, the third was an eight split that Paula Vilas masterfully picked up. Perez would then leave an open split but Anggie Ramirez would strike, Kristina Frahm spared and Rodriguez would close with a strike and a spare in the fill.

The Hawks move on to face Nebraska who defeated Sam Houston State, 4-1 in the opening round. That is scheduled for an 11:20 a.m. start.



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