JOLIET, Ill. --- York College's Matt Owen and Brett Wise delivered at the top of the order collecting two hits each and driving in two runs apiece as the top-seeded Panthers were one of seven No. 1 seeds to win their NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round game, scoring a 5-1 victory over No. 4 seed Mayville State University in the Joliet Bracket on Thursday night.
York's victory advances the Panthers (42-10) to a showdown with No. 2 seed Judson University Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. Mayville State will again get the night game call (6 p.m.) facing the winner of Friday's morning contest between Trinity Christian College and Cumberland University in an elimination game.
York scored all of its runs in just two innings with Owen and Wise fueling the effort with run-scoring singles each time. The first time came in a two-run second inning to break a scoreless tie. Head coach Nick Harlan's club made it a 5-0 game in the seventh inning plating three more runs with first baseman Alex Abend gathering the other run batted in.
Mayville State (34-7-1) picked up its only run in the bottom of the seventh inning when right fielder Kurt McCallum doubled with two outs and scored on third baseman Bryan Jacklitch's single up the middle.
The Comets also had a chance to answer York in the third inning, but a double play with the bases loaded ended that threat. For the game, Mayville State left nine runners on base.
York starter Tom Korn (10-2) averaged better than one strikeout per inning totaling eight in his seven innings of work, while yielding six hits and three walks. Julio Angula did not allow a hit in his two innings of relief.
Scott Petry (6-3) pitched well into the seventh inning for Mayville State before a pair of errors in the seventh ended his day and led to three of his charged runs being unearned.
Center fielder Spencer Kidder led the Comet offense with a pair of hits.