After a 2-1 day at the Kutztown Invitational the Sam Houston bowlers finished in the 29-team event in 8th place with a 8-5 record.
The Kats entered the day as the No. 9 seed and opened the day with a win over Tulane. The fifth-ranked Bearkats pulled off a win in five games against the No. 6 ranked Green Wave. After dropping the second game, the Kats pulled off a one-pin victory in the third game. Another narrow five-pin win in the fourth game. They closed out the fifth 234-181 for the win.
In the second match of the day, the Kats once again used a close victory to help move them to a match win. They opened the match against the 13th-ranked Delaware State with a 189-187 victory. They Kats then cruised to a sweep of the Hornets.
“We made a good push today and finally executed early on in the day but ultimately our lack of execution late cost us a 3-0 day which we could have highly used,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “Luckily we have some resources now to help our cause but we need to be able to execute at all times confidentially especially in close matches.”
In the final match of the day, the Kats found themselves in a 3-0 hole to Youngstown State. They battled back to force a seventh game before falling to the Penguins.
The month of February will be kind to the Bearkats in terms of travel. The next two events will be in the Dallas area, with the Prairie View A&M Invitational in Arlington in two weeks and the SFA Jacks Invitational two weeks later in Dallas.
“Our focus turns to Texas next and the plan is to utilize our familiarities,” Hagen said. “Both facilities are places we have competed in before and think we can use a little local knowledge to our advantage.”