YC Baseball - Regular Season and MCAC Tournament Champs!
York College baseball pounded the No. 2 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan University Eagles, winning Wednesday's MCAC Championship game 18-8. The Panthers won all three of their games in the conference tournament, outhitting their opponents 39-23. Congratulations to Head Coach Nick Harlan (MCAC Coach of the Year) and Associate Head Coach Brian Walth for securing the Panthers' first baseball conference championship!
With the win, the Panthers advance to the
NAIA National Championship Opening Round in Lubbock, Texas. The tournament will begin on May 18, at Hays Field on the Lubbock Christian University campus. York College is the #2 seed in the Lubbock Bracket, and their first game will be against Avila University at 2:30 pm on Tuesday. To see the NAIA pairings for the opening round of the tournament, click here.
The Panthers won their first two games on Tuesday, a 2-1 nail-biter over College of the Ozarks and an 8-4 win in their first game against Oklahoma Wesleyan.
In the championship game, the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles struck first as they scored a single run in the top of the second. The Panthers matched that when Matt Berru singled and pinch runner Travis Gibson stole second and eventually scored on a throwing error.
York crossed the plate four times in the third and scored another in the fourth to lead 6-1. The Eagles would not go quietly as they responded with five runs of their own in the top of the fifth, tying the game at 6-6.
The Panthers set an all-time YC record in wins on the season as they are currently 44-7.
The baseball team cleaned up on conference honors including MCAC Player of the Year - Justin Lunday, MCAC Pitcher of the Year - Bruce Amende, and MCAC Coach of the Year - Nick Harlan.