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Fri, May 5, 2017 - [Baseball]

OKLAHOMA CITY – Mid-America Christian University senior outfielder Jerry McNew slugged his 27th career home run to move into first place on the school's all-time list as an NAIA institution to lead the Evangels to a 19-7 victory over the St. Gregory's University Cavaliers today (May 5) in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament at Jim Wade Stadium on the Oklahoma City University campus.

The 19 runs for the Evangels are tied for the second most in a SAC Tournament game since 2014. It is also the highest total for MACU since 2010 and the fourth most overall since joining the NAIA in 2008.

"Unbelievable team performance today!" MACU head coach Adrian Savedra said.

"Seth Keith pitched amazing in his first career college start. This team is special and they always give us everything they've got. So proud of every one of our guys!"

The Evangels struck early and often, scoring at least two runs in six of the seven innings played.

Ryan Moseley ignited a four-run first inning with a leadoff double and scored the game's first run on an RBI double by Aaron Davis.

Kevin Lentzner had a sacrifice fly and Pedro Varela capped the inning with a two-run single.

RBI singles by Jacob Martinez and Lentzner made it 6-0 in the second before a two-run double by McNew and two-run homer by Davis powered a four-run third frame.

Already the school's career RBI leader (121), McNew's record-breaking homer was a three-run blast in the sixth that made it a 15-1 lead.

Colt Pickens then hit a two-run single to spark a four-run seventh to put an exclamation point on the offensive explosion for the Evangels.

Keith pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings in his first start, giving up six runs and striking out one.

McNew went four-of-five for the Evangels (22-31) and finished with a career-high tying six RBIs.

Varela produced a career best four hits and drove in three runs. Davis also drove in three runs, while the Evangels got two RBIs each from Moseley, Pickens and Lentzner.

Connor Parsells and Ryan Lujan-Leonard each had two hits for the Cavaliers (30-21).

The win moves the Evangels into a winner's bracket game tomorrow (May 6) at 2 pm against top-seeded and No. 1-ranked OCU, who defeated Southwestern Assemblies of God University 11-5 earlier today.