Logan Cribb tossed his second complete game of the season and came within one pitch of a shutout, leading The Citadel to an 8-1 win over Wofford in the opening game of a Southern Conference series Friday at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs have won three of their last four conference games and four of five overall to improve to 19-26 and 5-16 in the SoCon. Wofford dropped back to the .500 mark at 23-23 and 5-13 in the league.
The teams continue the series Saturday at 3 p.m., a change from the originally scheduled 2 p.m. first pitch, and wrap up the three-game set Sunday at 1 p.m.
Cribb needed 118 pitches to go the distance and pick up his third win of the season. The senior left hander allowed eight hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter and saw his bid for the first shutout of his career end when Conor Clancey hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth.
Cribb's previous complete game came three weeks ago when he went nine in a win at Appalachian State, throwing a career-high 126 pitches in that victory.
By that time Clancey left the yard, the Bulldogs had already built a 5-0 lead, largely on the strength of a three-run homer by Tyler Griffin in the third. A sacrifice fly by Mason Davis and bases loaded walk to Hughston Armstrong produced two more runs in the fourth.
The home run for Griffin was his sixth of the season and increased his team-leading RBI total to 43. The senior right fielder has 23 career home runs to move into a tie for 12th place in school history with Chris Lemonis and Ryan Butler.
The Citadel answered the Clancey home run in the top of the fifth with two runs in the bottom of the frame, including a leadoff home run by Drew DeKerlegand, his third of the season. He was later hit by a pitch for the 50th time in his career to move within one of tying Daryl Byrd for the school record.
DeKerlegand has now reached base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch in a career-long 26 games. He is the active leader among all SoCon players with 214 games played and has started 85 consecutive contests.
A sacrifice fly by Bret Hines in the fifth and a run-scoring wild pitch in the eighth rounded out The Citadel offensive output. Hines and Ryan Kilgallen both had two hits for the Bulldogs.