Logan Cribb threw shutout ball into the eighth and The Citadel was able to scratch out a run in the third, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 victory over UNC Wilmington in a pitcher's duel Thursday night at Riley Park.
The Citadel is 20-29 on the year, while UNCW dropped to 23-24. The teams continue their series Friday at Riley Park with a 5 p.m. first pitch and then take Saturday off for graduation before concluding the set in Wilmington on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The shutout was the first for The Citadel pitching staff this season and first since a 6-0 win at Furman last April 26. The last blanking at Riley Park was in an 8-0 victory over Pittsburgh on March 1, 2013.
Cribb evened his record at 4-4 with his third straight impressive start. The senior left-hander scattered six hits, walked one and struck out seven while throwing 72 of his 98 pitches for strikes.
In starts against Furman, Wofford and UNCW the past three weeks, Cribb has worked a total of 22 innings and given up only three runs with two walks and 16 strikeouts. The seven whiffs against the Seahawks were one shy of his career high.
Cribb worked around early trouble, giving up a pair of one-out singles in the first and fifth while also allowing a leadoff base hit in the fourth. He left after Steven Linkous reached on an error to start the UNCW eighth.
Skylar Hunter relieved Cribb and struck out a pair of batters to leave the tying run at second. In the ninth, the sophomore closer issued a two-out walk before finishing up for his 11th save of the season and 24th of his career, moving him within one of tying Randy Corn for fourth place in school history.
Mat Batts, the reigning Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year, was the tough luck loser, allowing only one unearned run and three hits to go along with five strikeouts in six innings. Christian MacDonald gave up one hit in two shutout innings for the Seahawks.
The Bulldogs scored the lone run of the game in the third when Mason Davis drew a one-out walk and went to second when Hughston Armstrong was hit by a pitch. One out later, Davis stole third and a bluff by Armstrong at first led to a wild throw into center field that allowed Davis to come home.
Davis stole two bases in the game to give him 24 on the year and also singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Drew DeKerlegand singled in the second and increased his career-long streak of reaching base via a hit, walk or hit by pitch to 30 games.