CLEVELAND, OH. - The Sacred Heart University bowling team defeated defending champions and top-seeded Vanderbilt 4-1 in the NCAA Quarterfinals Rollhouse Wickliffe Thursday morning. The victory propels the Pioneers to the winner's portion of the eight-team of the NCAA Championship bracket, where SHU will take on Nebraska at 3 p.m.
The Pioneers won the traditional team portion, 1027-968 to take the 1-0 lead. SHU had three bowlers finish with over 200 pins in the event, as Rebecca Armand led the Pioneers with a 245. Rachel Bamford followed with a 226, while Tori Boughton rounded out the trio with a 205.
Through the first two quint baker games, the Commodores held a 464-441 over the Pioneers. SHU outscored 243-200 in the third game to hold a 684-664 lead, needing a win to close out Vanderbilt to advance. However, Vanderbilt stormed back to take the quint baker 1037-1027, forcing a best-of-seven baker battle to determine the winner.
Vanderbilt took the first baker match 203-161, followed by a SHU 203-195 win to tie the contest at 1-1. SHU took took the third game in convincing fashion, 221-170, followed by a narrow 184-182 win to go up 3-1. The Pioneers took the final game, 207-194 to secure the win, advancing to the winner's portion of the eight-team bracket.
Women's bowling will be back in action on Thursday, April 11, when the Pioneers take on Nebraska at 3 p.m.