The Penn State York baseball team made history Wednesday by sweeping a doubleheader at Penn State Hazleton.
With the pair of wins, the local Lions clinched a berth in the Penn State University Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
PSY won Game 1, 10-2, and Game 2, 8-6. The Lions (11-8 overall, 11-7 PSUAC) tallied 16 total hits in the pair of games, with Central York grad Kyler Jelonek (3-for-6, RBI, two runs scored) and shortstop T.J. Richards (4-for-7, three RBIs, four runs scored) leading the attack.
In the Game 1 win, York starting pitcher Austin Quinones (Dallastown grad) went the distance in the seven-inning contest, holding Hazleton (0-12, 0-12) to the two runs on five hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Eastern York grad James Guiseppe also went the distance in the second game for PSY, but gave up six runs on eight hits with 10 strikeouts and three walks. Twice York fell behind in the second game, trailing 2-0 and 5-2. The local Lions were down 5-3 heading into the seventh inning, when they exploded for five runs in the top of the frame. York led the entire way in the first game.
The Yorkers have a pair of conference regular-season games left, next traveling to Penn State Schuylkill (12-12, 9-5) for a doubleheader Saturday. The Lions then have two non-conference games left next week before the PSUAC playoffs, which are held in State College, begin May 1.
The top six teams in the conference qualify for the tournament. York currently sits in fifth place in the PSUAC standings but does have a chance to move up to as high as third place in the remaining week or so of competition.