WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Freshman third baseman Steven Linkous helped UNCW to a series win over Lehigh and was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie-of-the-Week by the conference office on Tuesday.

Linkous, who drew his first career start in the series opener against Lehigh, collected four hits, scored three runs and knocked in two as the Seahawks raced past the Mountain Hawks, 15-0, in game one.

For the week, Linkous, a local product of North Brunswick High School in Leland, hit .455 with four runs scored and two stolen bases as the Seahawks went 2-2.

The Seahawks return to the diamond on Friday with a 4 p.m. start against Stony Brook, who reached the College World Series last season. The game is part of the annual Hughes Bros. Baseball Challenge that kicks off on Friday at noon with Gardner-Webb taking on San Diego. Gardner-Webb was picked to finish second in the Big South while San Diego was ranked in the preseason national polls.

Tickets for the Challenge are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (15-under) and Faculty each day (includes both games and either reserve or general admission). Fans can purchase tickets either at the stadium or online at UNCWsports.com.

Hughes Bros. Baseball Challenge Schedule


Gardner-Webb Vs. San Diego, Noon

Stony Brook at UNCW, 4 p.m.


Stony Brook Vs. Gardner-Webb, Noon

San Diego at UNCW, 4 p.m.


Stony Brook Vs. San Diego, 10 a.m.

Gardner-Webb at UNCW, 2 p.m.