OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.  (uj.edu)  — Facing elimination not once, but twice on Wednesday, the University of Jamestown baseball team defeated York (Neb.) and Central Methodist (Mo.) by identical 3-1 scores to advance to the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round Oklahoma City Bracket.

The No. 4 seed Jimmies (44-10) will play No. 1 seed Oklahoma City (49-7) at noon Thursday. A UJ win would force the “if necessary” game at 3:30 p.m., with the victor earning a trip to Lewiston, Idaho, for the 62nd annual Avista-NAIA World Series May 25-31.

Thursday will mark the first time Jamestown has played in a bracket championship since the NAIA went to the opening round format ten seasons ago.