HOUSTON -- The Bearkats got off to a slow start on Friday and never really got out of it. They finished the first day of the TRACK Kat Klash with a 2-3 record and currently stand in 9th place.


The Kats opened the day against Maryville, falling by 77 pins. After a narrow 23-pin win against Prairie View A&M, the Kats dropped two more matches. They fell to Arkansas State by 83 pins and then 78 pins to Youngstown State.


They closed the day strong with a 268-pin win over Alabama A&M, rolling a 960, their top score of the day.


“The start for us was not ideal,” said head coach Brad Hagen. “For our home event, I really thought we’d come out a bowl better than we did. We’ve had a lot of success here, so this was really out of the ordinary.”


The Bearkat finished the day with a total pinfall of 4,428. Their average for the five matches on Friday was 177.1. Maryland Eastern Shore leads with 4,945 pins and a 197.8 average.


Saturday’s action will get going at 9:30 a.m. when the Kats will take on Louisiana Tech. They will also face McKendree, Southern, Tulane and UMES. They are currently 274 pins out of the top 4 spots and a place in the championship round of Sunday’s bracket play.


“This is a tough field and the schedule doesn’t get any easier on Saturday,” Hagen said. “We just have to come out and make the shots I know we are capable of making.”