TOWSON, Md. — No. 1 Fairleigh Dickinson captured first place at the James Brown Invitational on Sunday. The Knights defeated perennial powerhouse teams, Central Missouri and Nebraska in the playoff round to win the tournament crown.
The Knights went 9-2 on the weekend to improve to 83-19 on the season.
FDU entered the day in first place, with a 435 pin lead on the field. In the semifinal round, the Knights faced No. 4 Central Missouri in a rematch of the final match from Saturday.
Both teams continued to play at a high level, but strikes from Liat Vizenfeld and Brianna Carlo played a pivotal role in the Knights’ win in game one. The Knights went ahead in the Best of seven series, 1-0 with a score of 202-182.
UCM responded with a 208-237 win in game two. In games three and four, FDU strung strikes together to win, 232-211 and 227-219.
The Jennies did not let FDU take the match easily and won game five, 168-227 to bring the match score to 3-2 in favor of the Knights. The Knights made key adjustments and struck in six of the first seven frames before coasting to a 235-213 win. The victory gave FDU a 4-2 win and a birth in the tournament championship game.
In the traditional No. 1 vs. No. 4/No. 2 vs. No. 3 playoff, Nebraska knocked off No. 2, Vanderbilt to reach the championship match.
In a rematch of the 2010 National Championship event, the Knights took on Nebraska for the James Brown Invitational championship.
Nebraska won the first match, 175-214 but would not out-score the Knights in another game. FDU took the win in games two, three and four by defeating Nebraska by scores of 239-201, 204-162 and 224-187.
The Knights threw 11 strikes for a near-perfect 279 in game four. Nebraska recorded a score of 201, to give FDU the match, 4-1 and the tournament championship.
The James Brown Invitational, formerly known as the Morgan State Invitational has been an NCAA sanctioned event since 2004. After FDU won the inaugural championship, Nebraska had earned the championship each year.
The Knights had four bowlers finish in the top-20 of 137 bowler field. Danielle McEwan recorded the third best average in the field with a 218.4, while Joely Carrillo finished tenth with an average of 212.6. In her first full-tournament appearance, Carlo finished 17th with a 203.4 average. Vizenfeld rounded out the Knights’ top finishers with a 199.6 average.
In playoff Baker games, Carrillo and Michelle Hunzaker filled 21 of possible 22 frames; they threw 12 and 11 strikes, respectively. Vizenfeld filled each of her 22 frames and threw 18 strikes in playoff competition.