Diamond Hawks stay perfect in rout over South Dakota State

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Brian Mims drove in six runs on three hits and Steven Linkous tied a school record with four stolen bases as UNCW continued its early season offensive onslaught in a 15-5 win over South Dakota State in the Hughes Bros. Challenge on Friday at Brooks Field.

The Seahawks stayed perfect on the young season at 4-0, while the Jackrabbits remained winless, dipping to 0-5.

UNCW used a five-run second inning and a six-run eighth inning to make it a rout, 15-5. Eight hitters made their way to the plate in the second inning and UNCW batted around the order in the eighth.

UNCW moved to 4-0 on the young season. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
UNCW moved to 4-0 on the young season. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Mims, a sophomore, belted his first career homer in the first inning to tie the game at two-all and later added a sac fly in the second and a bases-clearing three-run double in the eighth.

Linkous, meanwhile, tied the single game record for UNCW and raised his season total to seven steals with a stolen base in the first and second innings and two more in the fourth.

Nick Feight added three hits and drove in three runs on a double and two-run homer in the eighth.

UNCW senior right hander Ryan Foster (2-0) won his second straight start, striking out three and walking one during his six-inning stint. He surrendered four runs, two earned, on six hits.

Gavin Stupienski extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second inning. He belted his first home run of the season in the seventh. The Seahawks have now scored 58 runs through five games this season and reached double digits in all five games.

UNCW takes on Eastern Kentucky, a 12-2 winner over VCU earlier on Friday. Game time is set for 2 p.m. today.