It had only occurred six times in the history of NCAA bowling, so when it happened twice in the same weekend, naturally, some jaws dropped.
“Not one, but two. That’s crazy,” said Sacred Heart’s veteran coach Becky Kregling, who was on hand to witness something special unfold at the 2014 edition of the Kutztown University Invitational in Reading, PA.
Kregling has seen a lot in her career as a bowler and a coach, but two 300 Baker Games in one weekend was a first.
Adding to the uniqueness of the situation, the two culprits of the two 300 games were teams from the same conference.
Fairleigh Dickinson was the first to accomplish the feat, doing so in its opening match of the tournament on Friday, and LIU Brooklyn followed suit during Sunday’s Best-of-7 baker play.
— Northeast Conference (@NECsports) January 28, 2014
A 300 game in bowling is the equivalent to “27 up and 27 down” in baseball – perfection.
In baker bowling (a format in which 5 bowlers on the same team combine to complete a 10-frame game), however, perfection can be even more difficult to achieve. All it takes is one small error by one of the five bowlers to derail the perfect game.
“Executing 12 shots in a row is part of what makes this team so special,” said FDU sophomore Nicolette Sarin, who occupied the No. 2 spot in FDU’s lineup during the 300 Baker Game. “We feed off of each other and the momentum.”
“Being able to say you were a part of something as great as this is not something many can say.”
Interestingly enough, however, it was not the first time Sarin had been a part of such a special occurrence.
“I was a part of the 300 baker game last year, but to be a part of it for the second year in a row was such an honor,” the second-year Knight said.
Fairleigh Dickinson is one of only three NCAA programs with two 300 Baker Games to its credit.
On Sunday, it was LIU Brooklyn’s turn. Continuing to make great strides under second-year head coach Kayla Jones (a former NEC bowler herself at Kutztown), the Blackbirds can now say they are only one of five programs to ever record a 300 Baker Game.
— NCAA (@NCAA) January 25, 2014
BOWL: We know it wasn’t KU, but that 300 game by @LIUAthletics was pretty cool. Entire lanes chanting “L-I-U!”. 2nd 300-game of invite (FDU)
— Kutztown Athletics (@KUGoldenBears) January 26, 2014
— LIU Brooklyn Bowling (@LIUbowling) January 27, 2014