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Sat, Apr. 8, 2017 - [Baseball]

OKLAHOMA CITY – The No. 21-ranked University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Drovers scored three runs in the seventh to snap a 6-6 tie in the second game and win 9-6 to finish off a sweep of the Mid-America Christian University Evangels in Sooner Athletic Conference action today (Apr. 8) at James Curtis Field.  The Drovers slipped by the Evangels 6-5 in the first outing.

The Evangels had built a 6-3 edge in the nightcap when RBI singles by Jacob Martinez, Pedro Varela and Cameron Kirk keyed a four-run third inning.

USAO then began to chip away, starting with Frankely Gonzalez' second homer of the day in the fourth inning. Dillon White also singled in a run later in the frame to make it a one-run game.

Seth Keith entered the game with one two on and one out, but got a strikeout and groundout to escape the jam with the Evangels still on top.

Keith was pitching well, tossing a scoreless fifth inning and striking the first two out in the sixth before surrendering the game-tying homer to White.

In a tie game in the seventh, the Drovers got a go-ahead single from Henry Rodriguez and then added a pair of insurance runs thanks to a two-out error.

Trevor Settles, who had come on in the third, retired the Evangels in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up the win for USAO.

Settles kept the Evangels off the scoreboard in his 4 1/3 innings on the mound, with three strikeouts and no walks.

Colt Pickens was four-of-four in the second game for MACU.

The opening game was also knotted going to the seventh and stayed that way until the Drovers broke through for two runs in the eighth.

White doubled with one out and scored on an RBI single by Wyatt Hull to put the Drovers ahead. USAO then capitalized on an Evangel miscue to add another run.

The Evangels didn't go quietly and came within a run when a lead-off double by Axel Poesmans was followed by another double from Varela that drove home pinch runner Abdiel Quinones.

But reliever Carlos Pimental induced a strikeout and groundout to close out the win for USAO.

Pimental pitched three innings out of the bullpen, giving up one run and striking out five to get the win.

The Evangels had jumped on top in the bottom of the second behind RBI singles by Ryan Moseley and Pickens before the Drovers answered with a two-run single by White in the third.

Following a two-run homer by Randy Ventura put USAO (31-12, 11-6 SAC) up 4-2 in the fifth, the Evangels fought back to tie the score with two of their own in the bottom of the sixth.

Poesmans got the inning started with a lead-off walk and with Quinones pinch-running, Kirk came through with a bunt single and Quinones then crossed the plate on an error.

Kirk then scored the tying-run on a single by Varela.

Varela was two-of-three with a pair of RBIs in the first game for the Evangels (14-26, 5-10 SAC).

Madison Spencer started for MACU and lasted seven innings, allowing four runs and striking out five.

The Evangels will next host No. 4-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan University on Tuesday (Apr. 11).