WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – When it came to picking a college there was only one for Steven Linkous. The North Brunswick baseball standout had always wanted to play for UNCW.
"Leland is so different then Wilmington. So it was like getting away without going that far away." said Linkous. He also wanted to stay close to home so that his family would be able to attend game. "My mom loves baseball and I don't think she would be able to do it without me being close to home."
Linkous is making the most of his playing time. The true freshman is near the top in almost every stat category for the Seahawks. He is second in batting average, runs scored, stolen bases, slugging, and on base percentage. This comes as no surprise to Seahawk head coach Mark Scalf. "His baseball awareness is good. He has a good understanding of what needs to be done in different situations. His desire to learn and get better is great."
Linkous has played in 9 of UNCW's 12 games, but because of his speed always has to be ready to jump into the game at any time. "I have to tell myself that I could be used every game in a pinch run situation so I have to be ready the whole game."
His play has not gone unnoticed, in week two of season the CAA named Linkous the league rookie of the week. He earned the honor after batting .455 (5-11) with four runs scored and two RBI's in four games.
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