Linkous hits first homer to lead UNCW over William & Mary

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Steven Linkous and Luke Dunlap both had three hits and scored three runs as UNCW topped William & Mary 10-1 in a Colonial Athletic Association series opener on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks improved to 23-8 overall and 6-1 in the league with their fifth consecutive win. The Tribe, meanwhile, dropped to 14-16 and 6-4 with the road loss.

Steven Linkous. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Steven Linkous. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Nick Monroe (3-1) picked up the win for UNCW with six strong innings. He allowed a run on five hits and three walks, while striking out five.

Linkous, who also connected on his first career home run, upped his batting average to .341 with the three-hit outing, It was his team-leading 13th multiple hit game. Brian Mims and Kenard McDowell both added two hits as UNCW out-hit the Tribe 14-7.

The Seahawks broke open a 2-1 game with four runs in the fifth inning. Mims plated the first run with a single and Gavin Stupienski picked up an RBI with a ground out, while Dunlap doubled in the third run. He would score from second one batter later on a W&M error.

The Seahawks and Tribe continue the series on Saturday with a 2 p.m. start. Saturday will also serve as “Be the Match” Day as people will have the opportunity to join the national bone marrow registry prior to the game.