OMAHA, Neb. In Friday afternoon's first game of a double header, it was a battle of giants between the York College Panthers and the Bellevue University Bruins. At the onset of the game both teams put up their perfect conference records as well as large winning streaks. #16 York was looking to extend its winning streak to twenty while the #9 Bruins would try to up it to twenty-one.
As described by Ken Kush of the York News-Times: "The two teams have been on a collision course since the start of the season and both teams are on fire."
It was a battle on the mound as both starting pitchers, Tyler Molder for York and Robert Greco for Bellevue, threw complete games. The only scoring on both sides came in the 5th with York coming out on top 2-1 for win #20. For York, Brett Wise and Isidro Carrizoza came across the plate for the victory. York had 6 hits in the game to Bellevue's 7. Molder, who leads the pitching staff with an ERA of 1.60 is now 5-1.
The second game of the double header was a similar showing as York's starting pitcher Aaron Conyers went the distance in the seven-inning nightcap. The bats were silent in the first four innings for York, but scoring came in the final three outings as York scored one in the 5th and 6th and added two insurance runs in the 7th. Conyers kept the Bruins' bats quiet as he allowed only 7 hits, had 6 strikeouts and no walks. York's offense came off hits from Trevor Ramos (2), Alec Abend, Junior Carrizoza, Matt Owen, and Jordan Leis. Conyers got the 4-1 win and goes to 5-2 on the season.
The Panthers are now 30-7 on the season, 12-0 in conference play, and ranked #16 in the NAIA Coaches Poll.
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