THE COLONY, Texas – The Spring Hill College men's bowling team made history in more ways than one on Saturday and Sunday at the Elite Care Baker Invitational when they not only rolled in the school's first varsity bowling event, but also came away victorious with a 3-0 decision over Texas A&M in the championship match.
SHC emerged from Saturday's seeding rounds with a No. 3 seed out of five teams after rolling a combined score of 4453. On Sunday, the Badgers met the West Texas A&M Buffalos (Team 2) in their first competitive competition and promptly won 3-1 by the score of 3-1 (208-145; 234-196; 175-196; 257-180).
The second match of the day once again saw SHC take a 3-1 victory with a win over the Aggies of Texas A&M (173-164; 201-196; 145-180; 238-162) to secure a spot in the championship.
Texas A&M and Spring Hill would meet again in the championships of the double-elimination event with A&M winning the first match 3-0 (194-155; 199-171; 194-171). However, Spring Hill's rollers would regroup before the final match and rally to take the championship in a 3-0 score with freshman anchor Ryan Hauck of Pen Argyl, Pa., setting the tone by knocking down two consecutive strikes in the first set to secure a 224-212 victory and launching the momentum into the Badger corner. The final two sets would also go the way of SHC in scores of 198-156 and 230-160.
"We came out very tight in the first championship match," said SHC head coach Ben Hoefs. "But once we settled down, relaxed and caught our breath, we really bowled well in the final match. Ryan's two strikes really turned the tide for us."
On his team's history-making first outing, Hoefs said, "Well, it's nice, but we still have a long way to go and there's still a lot of work ahead of us."
SHC will continue its journey down that long road at the University of Florida Gator Collegiate Shootout at AMF Alley Katz in Gainesville on October 26-27, 2013.