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Mat Batts and Steven Linkous earn CAA honors

Mat Batts (Source: UNCWsports.com) Mat Batts (Source: UNCWsports.com)
Steven Linkous (Source: UNCWsports.com) Steven Linkous (Source: UNCWsports.com)

UNCW Press Release

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW infielder Steven Linkous and lefthanded pitcher Mat Batts were named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player and Pitcher-of-the-Week, respectively, following UNCW's two-game sweep of Towson last weekend.

Linkous fueled the Seahawks from the bottom of the order, hitting .778 last week, going 7-for-9 in three games. Against Towson, he was 7-for-8 (.875) with two doubles, four runs scored and four knocked in. He posted a 1.000 slugging percentage while setting a career-high with three RBI's in the opener against Towson and tying his career-high with four hits in the series finale. Since moving into the starting lineup during the Hofstra series, Linkous is hitting a smoldering .579 (11-for-19), slugging .684 and getting on base at a .619 clip.

Batts improved to 3-0 in the league after limiting Towson to two hits and an unearned run over eight innings in the series opening win for the Seahawks. Batts didn't allow a hit after the second inning and retired 17 of the final 18 hitters he faced. He struck out four to move into second on the NCAA's active strikeout leader list with 304. Batts ranks fourth on UNCW's all-time list with 277. The senior from Winston-Salem, N.C., has now won or shared the award two other times prior to this week. UNCW also has had Nick Monroe and Ryan Foster earned CAA pitching honors this season.

The Seahawks return to action with the first of two mid-week games on Tuesday when future CAA rival Elon visits Brooks Field for a 6 p.m. start. UNCW then visits NC State on Wednesday, also a 6 p.m. start, before visiting Delaware in a key conference series in Newark.

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