Taylor never trailed in a close Avista NAIA World Series opening game, winning 6-5 over MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas) on Friday at Harris Field.

The seventh-seeded Trojans from Upland, Ind., advance in the winner’s bracket to take on No. 2 seed Georgia Gwinnett at 3:05 p.m. today. The Pioneers will play in a loser-out game against No. 6 seed Cumberlands (Ky.) at 8:35 a.m.

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