Linkous leads UNCW baseball to three-game sweep over UNC-Asheville

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Steven Linkous scored three runs, including the eventual game-winner in the eighth inning, as UNCW finished off a sweep of visiting UNC Asheville with a 3-2 win on Saturday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks raised their record to 21-8 with the win and improved to 19-4 at home. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, dropped their third straight to dip to 15-17.

Josh Roberson. Photo courtesy- UNCW sports
Josh Roberson. Photo courtesy UNCW sports.

In the eighth, Linkous drew a walk and moved to second on a wild pitch by reliever Nick Schavone. Casey Golden then worked the count before singling to right and plating the Leland native for a one run lead.

Reliever Will Shepley (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief, while Jared Gesell posted this third save of the season after striking out the side in the ninth and stranding the tying run at second base.

UNC Asheville’s Zack Wiseman (0-1) took the loss after walking Linkous, the only batter he faced, to open the eighth inning. Starter Joe Zayatz held UNCW to two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

The Seahawk bullpen, led by Josh Roberson, allowed just two hits and a pair of walks over the final 6.2 innings. Roberson tied his career-high with seven strikeouts over 4.2 innings of shutout baseball.

Linkous and Zach Shields headed the UNCW offense, both with two hits. Golden finished with two runs batted.

Asheville managed just four hits on the game, none for extra bases.

The Seahawks open a five-game week with a road test at N.C. Central on April 7. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m.