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.
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.