First 300 Game Highlights Bowling’s First Day at Big Red Invitational

The Youngstown State bowling team achieved perfection for the first time in program history on Friday afternoon as the Penguins bowled a 300 game in its final Baker match at the Big Red Invitational.

Lyndsay Ennis, Kirsten Moore, Madyson Marx, Jade Cote and Emma Dockery teamed up for the 300 on lane 14 at Hollywood Bowl in YSU’s first of five games against Valparaiso. All 12 strikes were in the pocket, and the closest call was when Dockery tripped the 10-pin in the fifth frame. Dockery, a fifth-year senior, finished off the perfect game with a flush strike for number 12.

In addition to recording the first perfect game in program history, the Penguins set a new school record for Baker set with a 1,189 total against the Beacons.

“These ladies rallied around each other all day long and stayed together through the ups and downs,” said YSU head coach Doug Kuberski. “We maintained a solid perspective and focus throughout the day, and it paid off with a big finish. We are certainly going to celebrate the 300 this evening. It’s a great accomplishment and great that we shot it on the day (YSU softball) Coach Campbell earned his 300th win.”

Youngstown State totaled 5,380 pins on the day, which was also a record for highest Baker round total. The Penguins averaged 215.2, which was the third-best average on the day. The tournament winner is being decided by per-game average, which differs from most tournaments. Nebraska averaged 225.6 on Friday, and McKendree averaged 224.9.

The Penguins topped 1,000 in four of their five matches, and they surpassed 1,100 in their final two contests.

In the opener, the Penguins had a 255 games as part of a 1,089 set in a 1,121-1,089 loss to No. 1 McKendree. YSU then beat Quincy 980-896, and it dropped its third match of the day 1,032-1,015 to No. 22 UW-Whitewater. The Penguins had games of 244 and 235 as part of a 1,107 set in a 76-pin win over No. 7 Arkansas State, and the 300 game began the 1,189-899 victory over Valparaiso in the final match.

Youngstown State will compete in five traditional matches on Saturday, beginning with a rematch against UW-Whitewater at 10:10 am Eastern.

Friday’s Baker Match Results

  1. #1 McKendree 1,121 – #9 Youngstown State 1,089
  2. #9 Youngstown State 980 – Quincy 896
  3. #22 UW-Whitewater 1,032 – #9 Youngstown State 1,015
  4. #9 Youngstown State 1,107 – #7 Arkansas State 1,031
  5. #9 Youngstown Sate 1,189 – Valparaiso 899

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