GORHAM, Maine -- Seniors Tucker White (Deerfield, N.H./Coe-Brown Northwood) and Anthony Pisani (Cheshire, Conn./Notre Dame) combined to go 9-for-9 with seven runs scored as the University of Southern Maine Huskies won their 11th straight game defeating the visiting Colby College Mules 16-3 in a non-conference game at USM Baseball Stadium Wednesday afternoon.
The Huskies, ranked 24th in the D3baseball.com poll and 26th in the ABCA Coaches Poll, improved to 17-3 overall. The 17-3 start through 20 games equals the second best start (1994 and 2009) to this point in the season for the Huskies. Only the 1997 team at 18-2 had a better mark.
The Mules dropped their seventh straight game to slip below .500 at 7-8 overall.
White went 5-for-5 with four runs scored, a single-game record-tying three doubles and four RBI. Pisani was 4-for-4, all singles, with three runs scored. Senior Nick Grady (Whitefield, Maine/Erskine Academy) and junior Troy Thibodeau (Danvers, Mass./New Hampton) also had two hits apiece. Grady's first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Overshadowed by the Huskies' offensive prowess was the outstanding relief work turned in by four USM relievers. Sophomore Alex Tobey (South Berwick, Maine/Berwick Academy), freshman Sean Murphy (Westbrook, Maine), and juniors Luke Hammond (Rangeley, Maine/Deering) and Nathan Veilleux (Belgrade, Maine/Messalonskee) combined to throw 6.1 innings of one-hit shutout baseball. Tobey got credit for his first victory for the season.
Sophomores Luke Duncklee (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and Tim Corey (Framingham, Mass.) paced the Mules with two hits apiece. Duncklee had the only extra base hit, a double, for Colby. Rookie right-hander Glenn Parsons (Westwood, Mass.) started on the mound and was saddled with his second loss of the campaign.
Colby grabbed a 3-1 lead in the third inning on Duncklee's RBI double, an RBI ground out by sophomore Nils Carlson (Worcester, Mass.) and an RBI single from senior Jake Kramer (Medfield, Mass.) that ended USM rookie southpaw starter Tyler Leavitt's (North Andover, Mass.) day.
The Mules' lead did not last long as the Huskies responded with five runs in their half of the inning. Sophomore Forrest Chadwick (Gardiner, Maine) brought home the first run with a single, followed by White's two-run double that knocked Parsons out of the game. White scored the fourth run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of sophomore Jake Glauser (Goffstown, N.H.). The final run scored on an error.
The Huskies blew the game open with a six-run uprising in the fourth inning highlighted by senior Zach Fernandes' (Eliot, Maine/Marshwood) lead off home run. White had an RBI single, and Thibodeau and Glauser had back-to-back two-run singles in the inning.
Junior Chris Bernard (Scarborough, Maine) added a solo homer for the Huskies in the sixth inning.
Southern Maine travels to Bangor, Maine, on Thursday (4:00 p.m.) to play Husson University. Colby returns to play on Friday (3:00 p.m.) at Bowdoin College for a NESCAC game.