Seventh-seeded Vanderbilt, top-seeded Nebraska advance to title match
CANTON, Mich. -- Seventh-seeded Vanderbilt eliminated defending national champion Maryland Eastern Shore 4-3 to advance to Saturday's championship match against Nebraska, which advanced past Arkansas State. Vanderbilt and Nebraska will meet in Saturday's championship with the winner taking home the national title.
In the first round on Friday, Vanderbilt defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 4-2. The Commodores topped Arkansas State 4-3 in the second round to advance to the semifinals Friday night.
The Commodores and UMES were locked in a tight battle that was decided by one pin in the final frame, 212-211. Maryland Eastern Shore needed a strike on its final ball to tie the score, but rolled a nine.
Meanwhile, the Huskers started off Friday with a decisive victory against Central Missouri 4-1. NU went on to face two-time defending national champion Maryland-Eastern Shore. The Hawks were no match for the Huskers, as NU beat UMES 4-1.
In the semifinals, NU played Arkansas State and advanced to the national championship game with its third 4-1 victory of the day.
This will be the second time Nebraska and Vanderbilt meet during this week’s tournament. NU defeated VU 1,079-985 during Thursday’s qualifying round.
Nebraska is seeking its first NCAA title since 2009, as the Huskers also won the first two NCAA titles (2004 and 2005) after bowling became an NCAA-sponsored sport in 2003-04. This is the fifth time in 10 seasons of NCAA competition that Nebraska has reached the championship match.
Vanderbilt last won the championship in 2007, while coming in as runner-up to UMES in 2011.