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Diamond Hawks split Doubleheader with Delaware

Diamond Hawks split Doubleheader with Delaware (Source:UNCW) Diamond Hawks split Doubleheader with Delaware (Source:UNCW)

NEWARK, Delaware - Steven Linkous' two-run single in the top of the seventh broke a scoreless deadlock and gave UNCW the lead as the Seahawks clipped Delaware, 6-2, in the second game of a doubleheader on Friday to clinch the series at Bob Hannah Stadium. Delaware won the opener, 11-7.

UNCW finished the regular season with a 37-15 record overall and 16-6 in the Colonial Athletic Association while the Blue Hens concluded their season at 32-22 and 10-14.

Gavin Stupienski paced the Seahawks with two hits in the nightcap while Feight belted his league-leading 19th round tripper. In the opener, he became UNCW's single-season RBI record holder and finished the day with a nation-leading 85 RBI's.

Austin Easter (2-0) earned the win in relief, going 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or walk and striking out two. Starter Cory Gantz didn't figure in the decision but did toss 3.2 innings of three-hit shutout baseball.

Kevin Mohollen homered and drove in two runs, it was his fourth homer of the season. No other Blue Hen had more than one hit.

Starter Kein Milley (3-1) took the loss despite a strong start. The lefthander allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while fanning five in 6.1 innings.

In the opener, UD starter Brandon Walter (7-3) earned the win while Whitman Barnes (2-2) was tagged with the loss. Zack Canada had three hits while Casey Golden and Robbie Thorburn added two hits apiece.

Up next: The Seahawks will be the top seed at the Colonial Athletic Association championship tournament in Charleston, S.C. They will play on Thursday versus the winner of the 4 vs. 5 games from Wednesday.

Home runs: Game 1: UNCW - Golden (off Walter in the seventh, one on, none out), Feight (off Spadafino in the eighth inning, one on, none out); UD - Baker (off Barnes in the first inning, one on, none out), Ake (off Crump in the seventh inning, none on, two out) | Game 2: UNCW - Feight (off Vila in the seventh inning, one on, none out); UD - Mohollen (off Magestro in the eighth inning, one on, two out)

How it happened: Game 1: Whitman Barnes surrendered five of six runs in the first inning and the Seahawks were unable to get any closer than 9-6.
Game 2: With the game scoreless, two out and runners in scoring position in the seventh, Linkous chopped a single over the mound and through the infield to score two and give UNCW the lead. The Seahawks would tack on four runs in the eighth for a 6-0 lead.

Notes: The Seahawks will be the top-seed in next week's CAA Championship tournament in Charleston ... Two home runs today gives Feight 19 on the season ... The Seahawks finished 8-12 on the road ... UNCW is now 32-6 when hitting a home run ... Stupienski extended his hitting streak to a team-high nine games with a two-hit outing in the night cap ... Earlier in the day, Brian Mims and Nick Feight were named to both the NCBWA Dick Howser Trophy, which goes to the top player in the nation, and Gregg Olson Breakout Player of the Year award lists. 

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