Valpo Opens Music City Classic Friday
Torrie Decker and the Crusaders opened up tournament play on Friday.
Torrie Decker and the Crusaders opened up tournament play on Friday.

Friday, March 07, 2014

#14 Valparaiso put together one of the highest scoring matches in program history as part of a 4-2 day to open play at the Columbia 300 Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday.

The Crusaders tallied 4,551 pins over Friday’s six four-game baker matches, good for seventh place in the 29-team field and just 46 pins out of sixth position.  Fairleigh Dickinson leads the team standings with 4,950 pins.

Valpo opened the tournament against #19 Alabama State, rallying after falling behind by eight pins after one game as the Crusaders posted three straight 200+ efforts in a 796-699 win.  The Crusaders dropped their second match of the day to #17 North Carolina A&T, as they were unable to make up a two-pin deficit entering the final game, falling by a 713-699 final.

Valpo bounced back in a big way against #20 Delaware State in the next contest, going over 200 in all four games with a high game of 247 in an 899-669 victory.  The 899 pinfall for a four-pin baker match was the second-best all-time in program history, trailing only a 920 the Crusaders posted against UW-Whitewater in 2012.

The Crusaders made it back-to-back wins with a 647-633 win over Bethune-Cookman in the next match, and then extended the streak to three straight victories, holding off #12 Sacred Heart 746-717.  Valpo couldn’t end the day on a winning note, however, falling to #16 Long Island by a single pin, 765-764.

Valparaiso (56-58) continues action from Vanderbilt on Saturday with the second of three days of action.