Vandy Fights for Fifth at Hawk Classic

Commodores now off until January

by Rod Williamson

MILLSBORO, Dela. — Vanderbilt finished fifth Sunday at the Hawk Classic after losing games to Sacred Heart and a Duquesne and coming back to defeat host Maryland Eastern Shore.

The Commodores ran into a hot-shooting Sacred Heart team in the day’s No. 3 vs. No. 4 match, losing 4-2 in a best-of-seven format. Sacred Heart averaged 217 over its six games while the Commodores bowled well but were unable to keep pace.

Duquesne jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Vanderbilt  before the Commodores could win a game. Duquesne took the next game to win the match and drop Vanderbilt into the 5-6 match with UMES.

The Commodores caught fire late in that match and won the last two Baker games with pins counts of 242 and 257 to take the match 4-1.

Vandy freshman Mabel Cummins was the team’s top individual bowler (14th) with an average of 206.6. Emily Rigney came in 17th with a score of 204.6.

Sam Houston State took the team title while Arkansas State came in second.

Vanderbilt is off until Jan. 10-12 when it will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Mount St. Mary’s Tournament.