Fourth-ranked Sam Houston State overcomes two losses to sweep tourney
LAUREL, M.D. -- No. 4 Sam Houston State bagged another first-place trophy Sunday, winning the team title at the Frederick Underwood Classic.
The tournament was hosted by Bowie State at the AMF Laurel Bowling Center.
In best-of-seven bracket play, Sam Houston defeated No. 19 Bethune-Cookman 4-3, Chowan 4-0 and North Carolina A&T 4-0 in the finals.
"[Sunday] was an important day for us not only from a competitive stand point but more mental," head coach Brad Hagen said. "We needed to make shots, manage the emotions, and gear down. Everyone had a piece of [Sunday's] success and despite a few silly losses a lot of good came out of this weekend.
"We have a lot of work to do and still have 50+ matches so its officially time to lock down the focus and take care of business if we want a legit shot at a nationals selection. This team has the heart to get it done."
Sam Houston ended the tournament with an 11-2 record.
On Saturday, the Kat bowlers defeated Howard 1,046-882, Lincoln 898-637, Chowan 1,019-686 and Virginia Union 1,011-755. The only loss came in the second match of the day as Sam Houston fell to North Carolina Central 970-943.
In Friday's play, the Bearkats started with a 900-781 against Alabama-Birmingham. The Kats defeated Coppin State 850-500 and Salem International 740-535 before falling to Bowie State 770-762. Sam Houston bounced back to down Morgan State 771-690 in the day's final match.
Sam Houston now stands 63-19 in dual match play for the season.