Chris Car­main allowed five runs on Feb. 15 at the Uni­ver­sity of Houston in his first pitching appear­ance since under­going surgery to repair a torn lig­a­ment in his throwing elbow 18 months ago.

But the reliever-​​turned-​​starter improved his stat line in his second outing of the season and then earned his first vic­tory in two years last Friday, allowing just two runs in five innings against Chicago State.

It was strange being back on the mound in an uncon­trolled set­ting,” said Car­main, a team cap­tain who is expected to anchor the squad’s trio of starting pitchers. “It was refreshing and at the same time nerve-​​racking knowing my oppo­nent is trying to beat me and get me out of the game.”

Chris Car­main
Carmain’s improve­ment on the mound over his first three starts has reflected that of his team’s, which has won four games in a row after losing four of the first six. Starters Nick Berger and Kevin Fer­guson and closer Dylan Maki have been instru­mental to the club’s suc­cess, allowing only 12 runs in 43 2/​3 innings.

We have sta­bility in the pitching staff,” said man­ager Neil McPhee. “The rota­tion has had a few ups and downs, but overall it has looked strong.”

The pitching staff has never had more depth,” added Car­main. “It leads me to believe that we should win the Colo­nial Ath­letic Asso­ci­a­tion championship.”

The offense, too, has started to hit its stride, scoring nearly five runs a game. Hard-​​hitting sopho­more third baseman Jason Vosler is leading the team with a .405 average, 17 hits, and 12 runs batted in. Junior out­fielder Aaron Bar­bosa, who last year set the school record for hits in a season with 76, is toting a .316 average and a team-​​leading nine runs and five steals.

Vosler and Bar­bosa are the keys to the offense, which is our team’s biggest strength,” said McPhee, pointing to the fact that his club has outhit its oppo­nents through its first 10 games.

The team includes a dozen new players, all of whom McPhee said would get a chance to show­case their talent at the plate, in the field, or on the mound. “They play bit parts now, but we’re trying to play every­body in the first few games,” he said. “We will soon find out where every­thing falls.”

The Huskies are cur­rently playing in the 2013 Snow­bird Base­ball Classic in Port Char­lotte, Fla., and will begin the CAA por­tion of their schedule on Friday at Old Dominion in Nor­folk, Va.

After cap­ping a season-​​long 13-​​game road trip, the Huskies will play their first home game of the season on March 13 against Brown Uni­ver­sity at Friedman Diamond.