Towson, Md. (February 15, 2019) – The No. 19 Mount St. Mary's women's bowling team went 4-1 on day one of the James Brown Invitational at AMF Towson Lanes. The Mount picked up wins over Howard, Coppin State, Bowie State, and Virginia State.
Freshman Erin Burkart led the way for the Mountaineers off the bench with an 18.89 baker frame average. Freshman Barbara Hawes also provided a much-needed spark from the bench with an 18.21 baker frame average. Starting freshmen Danielle Milo and Tamera Stanton also pitched in with baker frame averages of 18.33 and 18.14, respectively.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 872
The Mount squeaked out a narrow 27-pin win over Howard to start Friday's competition. After falling behind early, a back three set of 181, 180 and 210 helped push the Mount to victory.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 850
Coppin State: 833
The Mount squeaked out another close victory in its 17-pin win over Coppin State. The Mountaineers used a 189 first game and 194 fourth game to aid the victory. Freshman Rebecca Dodson threw a strike in the final frame of the fifth game to secure the win.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 863
#12 Delaware State: 901
This time around, it would be the Mount on the wrong side of a loss. After pulling ahead following three games with narrow margins of 173-171, 197-182, and 171-168, the Mountaineers failed to hang on in large part to a fourth game that saw five consecutive opens.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 892
Bowie State: 779
Upon substitutions that saw Burkart and Hawes enter the lineup, the Mount got back in the win column with a decisive 892-779 win over in-state foe Bowie State. The Mount consistently grinded throughout the match with all five games ranging between 170 and 193.
#19 Mount St. Mary's: 997
Virginia State: 780
The Mountaineers saved their best set for last in a 997-780 rout of Virginia State. A 223 and 226 in the even numbered games played a large part as the Mount finished day one at 4-1.
"Today we saw a lineup we never used before in matches four and five," said Head Coach Kenneth DeGraaf. "I thought our bench came in huge in helping us finish strong. It shows the depth we have on this team. Anyone can have their number called at any time, especially when we struggle out of the gate as we did today. We will honor our strong finish by giving those same five the start tomorrow."
Competition will resume Saturday with five traditional matches. The Mount will open up with matches against #8 Fairleigh Dickinson and Caldwell, followed by a bye match before finishing off with tournament host Morgan State and #6 Maryland Eastern Shore. Matches will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be streamed live from the team's Facebook page.