The Youngstown State bowling team took advantage of the first home tournament in program history by having a record-setting effort on the lanes on Friday at the Columbia 300 Penguin Classic. The tournament is being held at Holiday Bowl in Struthers, Ohio.
The Penguins totaled 4,983 pins in their five Baker matches and sit atop the standings heading into Saturday’s action. Youngstown State went 3-2 in head-to-head matches, but they improved their score in each match and ended the day leading in total pinfall by 53. YSU totaled 4,983 pins over their five matches, and its game average of 199.32 was its best ever for a tournament in Baker play.
"It took us a few matches to find our rhythm, but the ladies elevated their shotmaking and focus each set,” YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. “I’m proud of the energy and the togetherness they maintained for the majority of the day, and it all came together with four clean games to finish the day. The communication was solid too, and it made a big difference navigating pair-to-pair moves and transition. We'll look to bring the same approach tomorrow and continue to enjoy competing."
The Penguins opened the day with a 934-814 win over Kentucky Wesleyan, and their next two matches resulted in losses to two teams behind them in total pinfall. No. 6 Arkansas State had its best match of the day in a 1,022-970 win over the Penguins, and YSU fell by just six pins – 1,013 to 1,007 – to Lewis in the third match. Youngstown State got back to an even record on the day with a 1,009-804 victory over Mercyhurst, and the Penguins finished with the best score of the day in a 1,063-762 win over Belmont Abbey.
The 1,063 total in the final match was YSU’s second-highest Baker match total in program history. The 248 in the final game was the sixth-highest single-game mark in the record book. On the day, the Penguins topped 200 12 times in their 25 games.
Youngstown State leads the field with 4,983 pins, and Lewis is second with 4,940. Arkansas State sits third with 4,908, and there is a 326-pin gap between the Red Wolves and fourth-place Medaille.
The teams will compete in five traditional matches on Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. Youngstown State will battle Lewis to start the morning in a positional round, and the Penguins will also compete against Belmont Abbey, Saint Francis U and Medaille. Another positional round will complete the day, and the total pinfall through Friday and Saturday’s qualifying rounds will determine the seeding for bracket play on Sunday.
Friday’s Baker Match Results
- #23 Youngstown State 934 – Kentucky Wesleyan 814
- #6 Arkansas State 1,022 - #23 Youngstown State 970
- Lewis 1,013 - #23 Youngstown State 1,007
- #23 Youngstown State 1,009 – Mercyhurst 804
- #23 Youngstown State 1,063 – Belmont Abbey 762