MIDDLETOWN, Del. -- Fairleigh Dickinson collected its second team championship of 2014 after claiming the Delaware State Capital Invitational.
The fourth-ranked Knights finished the day 6-0, 10-2 for the tournament, and have now won eight in a row to improve to 66-16 on the season. FDU is now two wins away from 1,000 in the program's storied history.
The final day featured quad Baker game matches after traditional team games were played on Friday. The Knights made major adjustments in all facets of competition, including lineup, equipment and equipment surface, lane play and competition philosophy, which proved to make a huge difference as compared to a day earlier.
First up for the FDU was old conference rival New Jersey City University. Using a lineup of freshman Morgan Brown, senior Michelle Hunzaker (sophomore Natasha Ashby subbed in for Game 4), sophomore Rebecca Fischer, freshman Melanie Hannon and junior Liat Vizenfeld, the Knights had no problem in an easy 772-552 victory.
In the second match, FDU used the same lineup, with the exception of Ashby starting for Hunzaker (who subbed in for Game 4), and would need to rally to nip Delaware State 760-759. Down 16 pins going into last game, the Knights came from behind to win match by a stick. The lanes transitioned in Game 4 and both teams struggled to hit the pocket. Hunzaker made the wash-out and later threw a key strike in the seventh frame to help make it happen.
FDU got revenge in its third match, as it took down No. 17 St. Francis Brooklyn, 963-772, who won the day before. Everyone was matched up and lined in at the same time and the scores skyrocketed. Huge scores catapulted the Knights into first place, and they never looked back.
The fourth match pitted FDU against Howard in a low-scoring contest. The Knights struggled on the left lane, resulting in the lowest scoring of the day, but they still won, 742-631.
Another loss from Friday was avenged after FDU beat No.9 Kutztown, 772-640.
To close out the day, the Knights beat down North Carolina Central, 836-656. Nine different players saw action for FDU, including freshmen Lexus Lopez and Sydney Skelfo.
"We haven't played on a challenging lane surface and oil pattern combination like this all season long and doing this has helped us grow," head coach Mike LoPresti said. "The experience will pay off next weekend in Houston for the Sam Houston State Track Kat Klash and competitions in the future."