The Youngstown State bowling team posted its second-highest pinfall for an opening day to a tournament in program history on Friday and went 3-2 in head-to-head matches at the SFA Ladyjack Hammer Classic. The three-day tournament is being held at Sheridan Lanes in Kenosha, Wis.

The Penguins totaled 4,969 pins for a single-game average of 198.8 over their five Baker matches. That total ranks sixth in among a field loaded with the best teams in the country.

"The ladies did an excellent job focusing on making good shots, having good communication, and being good teammate today," YSU head coach Doug Kuberski said. "Our energy was also strong throughout most of the day. We have some things to clean up for tomorrow, but overall, I'm proud of the performance."

The Penguins topped 930 in all five sets, and they broke 1,000 three times. YSU began the day with a 1,003-816 win over Elmhurst, and its highest set of the day came in a 1,043-963 victory over No. 22 Adelphi. YSU then improved to 3-0 with a 962-780 win against Upper Iowa, and the Penguins still shot well in a 1,079-1,022 loss to No. 1 Vanderbilt and a 1,041-939 loss to No. 14 Tulane.

YSU started with its highest score of the day in game one with a 246, and it also had a 243 and a 242. In total, the Penguins had 13 games above 200 on the day.

Sam Houston State leads the field with a 5,065, which is 96 pins higher than YSU. Vanderbilt (5,054), McKendree (5,040), Wisconson-Whitewater (5,040) and Nebraska (5,035) round out the top five.

Youngstown State will bowl in five traditional team games on Saturday beginning at 10:25 a.m.

Source:  Youngstown State University