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White's Two HR Propel Southern Maine Past Salem State 22-10

Senior Tucker White (left) gives Nick Grady a high-five after hitting one of the Huskies' three homers against Salem State..
Senior Tucker White (left) gives Nick Grady a high-five after hitting one of the Huskies' three homers against Salem State..

            GORHAM, Maine -- Senior Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) went 4-for-6 with two home runs, four runs scored and six RBI as the University of Southern Maine Huskies baseball team pounded out 26 hits en route to a 22-10 victory over the Salem State University Vikings at USM Baseball Stadium Thursday afternoon.

            The win extends the Huskies winning streak to seven as they improve to 13-3 overall.  The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Vikings as they drop to 8-9. Southern Maine's 22 runs, 26 hits, and 10 doubles are all single-game highs for the Huskies this season.

            White hit a towering solo home run to left-center field in the first, and a three-run blast to left in the sixth to go along with a two-run double in the fourth and another double in the fifth.  White now leads the team with four home runs, is second in RBI with 19, and extended his current hitting streak to 12 games.

            Junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) had a big day at the plate as he went 4-for-6 with two doubles, four RBI and three runs scored.  Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) extended his hit streak to 13 games, going 4-for-5 with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Grady leads the team with 34 hits and 21 RBI.  Freshman Sam Dexter (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored, senior Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) went a perfect 3-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, and junior Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine/Gardiner) had two RBI doubles off the bench.  Senior Zach Fernandes (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) added an RBI double and a two-run home run.

            Senior right-hander Ryan Yates (Norway, Maine/Oxford Hills) went 5.0 innings giving up two runs — one earned — on five hits while striking out two to earn his second win of the season.  Yates is now 2-0.

            Salem State junior left-hander Ed Deren (Westford, Mass.), who went 3.0 innings giving up five runs on seven hits, was tagged with the loss and drops to 0-4 on the season.

            Senior Kevin Salines (Melrose, Mass.) led Salem State at the plate going 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Juniors Mike Lamothe (Beverly, Mass./Pingree) and Matt Burgess (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake), sophomore Ryan Beliveau (Lynn, Mass./St. Mary's) and freshman Richard Fecteau (Newbury, Mass/Triton Regional) each had two hits. Junior Brett Cahill (Gloucester, Mass.) scored two runs for Salem.

            White put Southern Maine ahead 1-0 in the first with his solo shot, and the Huskies took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Pisani that scored Thibodeau.

            Salem State got a run back in the fourth when Lamothe stroked an RBI double to right center, but the Huskies responded with 10 runs on nine hits in bottom half of the inning to increase their lead to 12-2. The inning was highlighted by a three-run double down the left field line by Thibodeau, a two-run double off the bat of White and a two-run single by sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.).

            After the Huskies added two runs in the fifth, the Vikings countered with two runs of their own in the seventh, but the Huskies responded once again with a six-run seventh sparked by White's three-run homer to left, increasing the lead to 18-4.

            Salem State would score five runs in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run double down the left field line by freshman Genaro Ciulla (Peabody, Mass.), to close the gap to 20-10.

            Southern Maine returns to the field when they travel to Eastern Connecticut State University for a Little East Conference doubleheader at ECSU Baseball Stadium Saturday (12:00 p.m.).  Salem State will travel to Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday (12:00 p.m.).