CLEVELAND, OH. - The Sacred Heart University bowling team fell to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore 2-1 in the NCAA eight-team elimination game at Rollhouse Wickliffe Friday morning. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 1-2 in the tournament, ending the season for SHU.
The Pioneers dropped the traditional team portion, 1014-946 to fall behind 1-0. Tori Boughton led all bowlers in the event, collecting 245 pins. Boughton was the lone SHU bowler to post over 200 in the traditional team event.
The Pioneers were able to pick up a 966-935 win over UMES in the quint baker round to force a best-of-seven baker battle. Through the first two quint baker rounds, the Pioneers held a narrow 368-358 lead over UMES. However, UMES outscored SHU 213-177 in the third round to take a 571-545 lead.
The Pioneers rebounded with a 195-159 win in round four to hold a 740-730 lead into the final round, where they closed with a 226-205 victory for a 966-935 win to force a winner-take-all baker battle.
UMES took the first two rounds of the baker battle by scores of 202-161 and 224-223. However, the Pioneers took game three, 206-183. SHU was unable to maintain momentum, as UMES took the next two games 243-224 and 231-199, ending the Pioneers' season.