Cumberland MBOWL goes 3-2 in double-elimination play on day two of MSC Tournament
Friday, February 11, 2022
Cumberland MBOWL goes 3-2 in double-elimination play on day two of MSC Tournament
CU's Nathan Parrott at the MSC Championships (Credit: MSC Officials)

BOWLING GREEN, Ky.-- Cumberland Men's Bowling followed up their day one performance at the Mid-South Championship with a great day in the double-elimination baker bracket, where they knocked off some higher-seeded teams. CU's run eventually came to an end with a loss to No. 2 Pikeville 4-0.

Cumberland started their day with a 4-1 loss to the No. 5 seeded Thomas More Saints, putting them in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament. (G1: 124-232 TMU, G2: 203-150 CU, G3: 205-177 TMU, G4: 225-145 TMU, G5 208-183 TMU)

The Phoenix faced off against No. 13 seeded Union College and narrowly advanced with a 4-3 match win over the Bulldogs (G1: 182-175 CU, G2: 202-199 UC, G3: 137-131 UC, G4: 194-153 CU, G5: 194-153 CU, G6: 190-160 UC, G7: 205-19 CU)

With the win, Cumberland moved on to take on the No. 3 seeded University of the Cumberlands and handled them with relative ease as they moved on with a 4-0 sweep. (G1: 167-146, G2: 224-187, G3: 158-150, G4: 204-174)

Cumberland continued to string together solid games in their next match against No. 10 seeded Life. The Phoenix went down 0-2 in the match and went 4-0 the rest of the way to top the Running Eagles 4-2. (G1: 181-190 LU, G2: 161-168 LU, G3: 183-167 CU, G4: 202-163 CU, G5: 214-204 CU, G6: 245-166 CU).

The exciting Cumberland run came to an end with a 4-0 loss to No. 2 seeded Pikeville in round five. The Phoenix needed to win to advance to Saturday's final four teams but fell just short against a top-five program in the NAIA in terms of RPI. The Phoenix ended the day with a 3-2 record at the tournament. (G1: 217-161 UPike, G2: 197-171 Upike, G3: 235-158 UPike, G4: 177-160 UPike).

With the loss, Cumberland's season comes to an end in NAIA play, but the Phoenix do have opportunities to play in other tournaments before the spring semester ends.