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UMES women win a second 2011 national bowling title

The UMES women overcame Lindenwood, 2-1, to win the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships on Saturday night in Columbus, Ga., and with it their second national title this season.

The previous weekend, the Hawks defeated Vanderbilt to claim their second NCAA title. The first came in 2008, when they finished third in the ITC event. UMES is the first team to win both events in the same year.

The Hawks' Maria Rodriguez barely converted the 3-6-9 spare in the final frame to beat Lindenwood, 164-158, in the deciding game Saturday.

UMES dropped the opening game to the Lions, 182-156, before rallying to win the second game, 189-183.

"When I let the spare shot go, I thought I missed it and had cost my team the title," said Rodriguez, who narrowly made the spare by hitting the left side of the 3 pin and getting the 6 pin to fall into the 9 pin. "I was too busy thinking about all the bad shots I'd made and how hard the lanes were. I'm just glad I made it."

The championship match will be televised by ESPN2 on May 15 at 2 p.m.

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