JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State finished the first day of competition at the Mid-Winter Classic in first place after five games on Friday at the Jonesboro Bowling Center.

The Red Wolves finished the day with a pinfall total of 5,077 and are 271 pins ahead of Central Missouri which finished the day a total count of 4,806. Vanderbilt is third with a total of 4,791 followed by Nebraska (4,762) in fourth and Sam Houston State (4,644) in fifth.

“We bowled really well today and it was great to have our fans here supporting us,” ASU bowling coach Justin Kostick said. “We hope this good start can continue over into Saturday and Sunday and bring home our first tournament victory of the year in front of our fans.”

ASU ended the day with 4-1 record, which is tied for the most wins on the day with Central Missouri and Nebraska. ASU started the tournament by defeating Stephen F. Austin 1,021-963, but lost to Sam Houston State in the second match 1,043-1,022. However, the Red Wolves grabbed the lead in the total pinfall count in their second match and never gave it back.

The Red Wolves then won their next three games to finish the day with a 4-1 mark heading into Saturday’s traditional team format.