The Youngstown State bowling team won its final two Baker matches and finished the first day of the KU Invitational 18th in total pinfall. The Penguins are competing in their first tournament of the spring, which is being hosted by Kutztown at Heister Lanes in Reading, Pa.
The Penguins shot at least 899 in all five of their Baker matches and averaged 189.3 over 25 games. Their total pinfall of 4,732 is 22 pins behind the host Kutztown and comfortably ahead of 19th-place St. Francis Brooklyn.
While Youngstown State totaled at least 899 in each match, its first three opponents all shot over 1,000. YSU began its first competition of the semester with a 981 in a 72-pin loss to Duquesne, and the Penguins fell to No. 10 Fairleigh Dickinson 1,006-899 in the second match. YSU dropped to 0-3 on the day with a 1,073-920 loss to #8 UMES, but it bounced back to win its next two by more than 100 pins. It beat St. Francis Brooklyn 993-875 to get a victory on the board, and the Penguins followed that with a 939-831 win over Morgan State.
McKendree, the highest national seed at the tournament, is atop the tournament standings after the first day with a total pinfall of 5,394. McKendree is ranked second in the most recent National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25, and eight of the other top-10 teams are also in the field at the KU Invitational.
Youngstown State will bowl five traditional matches on Saturday to determine the final seeding for Sunday's bracket play. The Penguins will bowl No. 16 Saint Francis U, Adelphi, Howard, No. 14 LIU Brooklyn and No. 6 Delaware State in head-to-head matches on Saturday.
Friday's Baker Match Results
- Duquesne 1,053 - Youngstown State 981
- #10 Fairleigh Dickinson 1,006 - Youngstown State 899
- #8 UMES 1,073 - Youngstown State 920
- Youngstown State 993 - St. Francis Brooklyn 875
- Youngstown State 939 - Morgan State 831