UNCW placed six Seahawks on the ABCA All-East Region teams

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Bolstered by a school-record five first-team selections, UNCW placed six Seahawks total on the ABCA All-East Region teams.

Nick Feight, Gavin Stupienski, Brian Mims, Steven Linkous and Ryan Foster were tabbed for the first team and Robbie Thorburn earned second-team honors. The first-team selections advance to the national ballot for ABCA All-America honors to be announced later this month.

Feight, who has earned four All-America honors to date, made the first team as a catcher after hitting .349 and tying school records with 24 doubles and 21 home runs. His 91 runs batted in set a school record, tied the Colonial Athletic Association single-season mark and leads the nation.

Stupienski, who was recently drafted by Arizona in the 2016 MLB Draft, batted .347 with 14 homers and drove in 61 runs. He was one of six Seahawks to start all 60 games this season. Stupienski tied the UNCW record of three home runs in a game when he launched three in a win over East Tennessee State on April 17.

Mims, who earned first-team National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America honors earlier this week, finished second on the team with a career-high .371 batting average. Mims belted 14 round trippers, scored 71 runs and knocked in 64. In the field, he committed just five errors in 318 total chances for a .984 fielding percentage.

In the outfield, Steven Linkous, a 22nd-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies last weekend, led the nation's second-leading scoring offense with a .374 batting average while posting a .456 on base average. Linkous led the Seahawks and the nation with a school-record 78 runs scored this season and added 29 stolen bases. As the UNCW leadoff hitter, he drove in a career-high 43 runs.

On the mound, Ryan Foster, a two-time All-America selection and national leader with 13 wins, rounded out the first-team contingent for the Seahawks. Foster was the CAA's co-Pitcher-of-the-Year while going 13-2 with a 2.46 earned run average. The righthander made 17 start for the Seahawks and limited opponents to a .226 batting average.

Thorburn made the second team outfield after a breakout season. As a junior, he made a very successful transition from the infield to centerfield, where he started all 60 games. Thorburn hit .364 with 12 doubles, six triples and three home runs. On the base paths, he set a career-high with 20 stolen bases in 22 attempts.
UNCW's previous record for ABCA All-Region honors was five in 2008 as UNCW posted a school record 44 wins. The five first-teamers also tied the 2008 club.