COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Huntington University bowling teams competed in the Buckeye Baker Classic in Columbus (Ohio) where for the first time in program history, both varsity squads and the men’s JV crew qualified for match play. The format of the tourney included 36 Baker games after which the top eight teams advanced to a single-elimination bracket.
“It was good weekend not only because we made match play, but all three teams fought hard and had never quit attitude that really made the difference in the final games to qualify for match play,” noted Coach Mike Shockey.
The Huntington women took 7th with a total of 6,034 pins for a 36-game average of 167. In match play, the Foresters faced 2nd-seeded and eventual tournament runner-up Urbana University. Matches were the best two out of three and HU forced the Blue Knights to bowl all three games. After dropping the first game 217-175, HU came back to win game two 194-170 before Urbana outlasted the Foresters in the rubber match 169-153.
On the men’s side, HU finished 8th with a score of 6,337 for a 36-game average of 176. In match play, the Foresters faced top-seeded and eventual tournament runner-up Wright State University. The Raiders got the best of HU twice for the win, 220-166, 222-188.
“The guys just couldn’t catch any breaks in the match and had several bad breaks to compound the uphill struggle against a team that was bowling really well,” said Shockey.
The Huntington men’s junior varsity also had a solid outing to finish 8th with a total of 5,918 pins for a 164 average over the 36 qualifying games. The JV Foresters also faced a number one seed and tournament runner-up in the University of Pikeville.
HU collected a first game win, 180-169, before game two which proved difficult for both teams with Pikeville eventually squeaking out a 124-97 victory. Both teams rebounded in game three. It came down to the last ball with the Bears getting a good break for the 180-178 win.
The Huntington University Foresters compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. In the past decade, Huntington has produced 38 NAIA All-America honors and 254 All-America Scholar Athlete honors. Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest.