CHARLESTON, SC - Logan Cribb allowed four hits over 6 2/3 innings and The Citadel took advantage of five College of Charleston errors in a 7-1 victory that clinched a series win in its final meeting with the Cougars as Southern Conference rivals.
The Citadel (30-21, 17-9 SoCon) earned its 18th season of at least 30 wins in 22 years under head coach Fred Jordan and stayed percentage points ahead of Elon (18-10) in the race for second place in the SoCon standings.
The Bulldogs have four regular season conference games remaining, including tomorrow at 1 p.m. against the Cougars and three at UNC Greensboro beginning on Thursday, while Elon finishes league play at home tomorrow against Samford.
Western Carolina appears to have a solid hold on the SoCon regular season title with a record of 19-6 heading into its game on Saturday against Appalachian State.
In honor of Mother's Day, the first 200 mothers coming to the game will receive a carnation from The Citadel athletic department.
Cribb improved his record to 4-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.30, a mark that ranks him among the leaders in the SoCon. He struck out six and did not walk a batter for his second straight start and has walked only six batters and fanned 40 in 33 1/3 innings since rejoining the weekend rotation against Western Carolina on March 30.
The Cougars scored their only run against the junior left hander on a solo homer by Blake Butler with one out in the third that trimmed The Citadel lead to 2-1. Cribb then retired the next 12 Cougars as Bulldogs pulled away with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Joe Jackson singled in a run and later scored on an error in the first to stake the Bulldogs to a quick lead. The junior catcher has driven in 11 runs in the last five games and leads the team with 52 on the year.
College of Charleston committed two more miscues in a three-run Citadel fourth that made it 5-1. Calvin Orth reached on an error by third baseman Bradley Goodson and then scored when Johnathan Stokes' single to left was misplayed by Brandon Murray. Stokes wound up at third on the play and came across on a double by Bailey Rush, who eventually scored on a wild pitch by Cougar starter Ryan West.
Orth went 0-for-4 to see his career-long 14-game hitting streak, the longest by a Bulldog this season, come to an end. Hughston Armstrong had an infield single in the fifth and has reached base in 29 consecutive games.
Drew DeKerlegand put the finishing touches on the win with a two-run single in the fifth. West (4-2) went six innings and allowed all seven Bulldog hits and runs (only three earned) with no walks and three strikeouts.