Leland’s Linkous guides UNCW baseball in win over VCU

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Steven Linkous and Robbie Thorburn combined for seven hits and five runs scored as UNCW finished off a sweep of the Hughes Bros. Challenge with an 11-4 win over VCU at Brooks Field on Sunday.

The Seahawks ran their record to 6-0, while the Rams dipped to 3-3. UNCW has scored in double figures in all six games to open the season.

Steven Linkous continued a strong start to the season on Sunday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Steven Linkous continued a strong start to the season on Sunday. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

Thorburn banged out four hits, scored three times and knocked in two, while Linkous added three hits, two runs and a pair of RBIs. Brian Mims also continued his hot weekend, driving in three runs on two hits.

After VCU tied it in the fourth at four-all, UNCW plated two runs, all with two out, to take a 6-4 lead. Thorburn ignited the rally with a single and Kennard McDowell followed with a single of his own. Linkous plated Thorburn with a base hit to left and Mims scored McDowell with the final run on a single. All four hits came in succession.

UNCW posted six two-out RBI’s on the afternoon and went 7-for-14 with two outs. UNCW’s bullpen combined to allow just one two-out hit and struck out 10 in seven innings of work.

Justin Crump (1-0) earned the win out of the bullpen in his season debut. Crump struck out two and allowed a run in 2.1 innings of relief. No hitter in the VCU lineup had more than one hit on the game.

The Seahawks visit nationally ranked NC State on Wednesday, March 2 for a 3 p.m. start.