Panthers Continue to Rise

YC Baseball ranks 17th in the nation

by Jared Stark, athletic director

York College Baseball is continuing its rise up the national rankings under sixth year head coach Nick Harlan and associate head coach Brian Walth . The Panthers entered the prestigious NAIA top 25 for the first time in school history when they came in at #21 on March 30th. Since then, it’s been a steady climb with the most recent rankings that came out Tuesday with York at #17.  

It has truly been a balanced team effort this season with contributions coming from across the field to create the Panthers' success. Offensively, nearly the entire starting lineup is hitting .300 or better with 3 players over .400. The Panthers boast the conference leader in batting average in Justin Lunday who has 14 home runs to go along with his .467 average. Sam Feiner, the Panthers’ 3rd baseman, holds a .406 batting average with 10 home runs and leads the conference in RBI's. Junior right fielder Kris Little holds a .409 average with 8 home runs. On the base-paths, Josh Warren, senior center fielder, leads the conference in stolen bases at 30. Overall, York College has managed to outscore their opponents 385-168. 

In the field, the Panthers have played strong defensively with senior short stop Nick Caravelli, 1st baseman Nick Nguyen and catcher Eduardo Camarena holding respective fielding percentages of .975, .989 and .988.  Bruce Amende leads York College on the mound at 9-0 with a 1.71 ERA and 62 strikeouts. Senior Arvin Perez-Luna, who is coming back from an arm injury, has now climbed to 4-1 with 43 K's. The consistency in the pitching staff continues with junior Andrew Matheney who is 7-1 with 27 K's and Seward, Neb. product Alex Lowther at 5-1. 

The Panthers have won nine in a row after defeating Concordia University on the road Tuesday night and a home sweep of Central Christian over the weekend. York is 37-7 on the season and 15-1 in the MCAC, falling slightly behind Bellevue University who is undefeated in conference. The Bruins come to town this weekend for a 4-game series which will determine the regular season conference champion. Those games are scheduled for 2 and 5 pm on Friday, April 23rd and 12 and 3 pm on Saturday, April 24th.

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York College is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and a founding member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. The MCAC is comprised of 10 liberal arts, senior colleges with similar philosophies of supporting intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the educational process by fostering physical, mental, social, emotional, moral, and professional growth in student athletes.

 

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