The Youngstown State bowling team finished 16th in total pins in Baker play on Friday in the first day of the Brunswick Bearcat Open in Fairview Heights, Ill.
The Penguins finished with 4,462 pins in their five Baker matches, which is six pins behind 15th-place Valparaiso and 15 pins back of 14th-place Prairie View A&M. Youngstown State went winless in its five head-to-head matches against the challenging field that features 17 ranked teams. Each of YSU's five opponents on Friday were ranked in the top 18 in the NTCA Top 25 Poll, and four of them finished in the top six in total pinfall.
The Penguins began the morning with a 958-841 loss to #18 North Carolina A&T, but they bounced back to have their highest total of the day in a 1,071-990 loss to #7 UMES. The score by the Hawks was the third-highest by any team in Baker play. The Penguins then fell 948-903 to #5 Sam Houston State, 1,019-847 to #2 Nebraska and 985-881 to #4 Vanderbilt.
Youngstown State will battle two more top-25 teams on Saturday in team play. The Penguins will begin the day with an uncontested match, then they'll play #21 St. Francis Brooklyn, Valparaiso, Lincoln Memorial and #10 Central Missouri. The combined total pinfall of today and Saturday's matches will seed the teams for bracket play on Sunday.
Friday's Baker Results
- #18 North Carolina A&T 958 - #24 Youngstown State 841
- #7 UMES 1,071 - #24 Youngstown State 990
- #5 Sam Houston State 948 - #24 Youngstown State 903
- #2 Nebraska 1,019 - #24 Youngstown State 847
- #4 Vanderbilt 985 - #24 Youngstown State 881