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Bears finish 7th in ITCs

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Pikeville finished tied for seventh in the 2012 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships at Sun Valley Lanes.

Pikeville entered play Friday 1-1 in match play and knocked off Florida State University 4-3 in the opener but fell to Stephen F. Austin State University 4-1 to end its season.

The year saw the Coach Ron Damron guide his team to a third national championship with a win in the NAIA Invitational Tournament on April 1.

UPIKE 4, FSU 3: Senior Natasha Martin, sophomore Christina Halen and senior Megan Kyle posted turkeys on both passes through the lineup in the decisive seventh game to lead the Bears to a 233-165 win in Friday morning’s opener over Florida State University.

Those were six of Pikeville’s seven strikes in the final game while the Seminoles had two opens to fall after taking a 3-2 lead earlier in the contest.

Once again it was a quick start for the Bears, who won 205-135 in the opener. Martin posted two strikes while junior Brandy Hensley struck in the ninth frame and senior Kim Yioulos put it away by striking out. Florida State evened the count with a 190-144 win in a game that saw the Bears open the first three and four of the first five frames.

The third game was a little more to Pikeville’s liking, as it posted four strikes while FSU was open in three of the first five in a 192-180 decision. Florida State again drew even with a 224-192 win, getting a turkey in frames 3-4-5 and a strikeout from its anchor. The Seminoles then moved on the cusp of advancing with a 190-147 win in the fifth game, once again taking advantage of a turkey while Yioulos’ pair were Pikeville’s only strikes.

Game six evened the count with a 214-189 win. The Bears answered five FSU strikes with five of their own, including a pair by Yioulos. But the biggest ball of the entire match came in the seventh frame when Halen picked up an 8-10 split to put her team on top 127-113 after six frames. A double by Hensley and Yioulos finished it off.

Pikeville survived 11 open frames in the match by countering with 29 strikes. Yioulos threw eight of them with Martin and Halen adding seven. Hensley posted four while Kyle added three.

SFASU 4, UPIKE 1: The key to winning Baker Games is filling frames, and the Bears struggled doing that in Friday’s second game.

Pikeville left 13 frames open among the 50 it bowled in the loss.

Three of those came in the opener, which saw the Bears fall 196-172, but they rebounded when Hensley, Yioulos and Martin rolled a turkey in the middle of the second game for a 187-149 win.

The third game was the turning point. Pikeville recorded five straight strikes in frames 4-8 and Martin rolled two for the game, but Stephen F. Austin rolled four straight and struck in six of the first seven frames, and when anchor Nicole Parkhurst doubled in the 10th, the Bears fell 233-222.

Game Four saw the Bears leave five frames open to go to the brink of elimination with a 180-139 loss. In Game Five, Parkhurst again doubled in the 10th – the third double of the game for SFA – to squeak out a 185-182 win.

Yioulos was tremendous in her final appearance, rolling eight strikes in 10 frames. Martin and Hensley had vie strikes each. Halen rolled three, with freshman Brianna Larson throwing two and Kyle one.

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