Five errors, Cribb doom Cougars

Once The Citadel’s Logan Cribb settled in, the College of Charleston was almost helpless. The Cougars didn’t help themselves Saturday with a season-high five errors.

The Bulldogs took advantage in a 7-1 Southern Conference victory at Riley Park. Cribb, a junior left-hander, retired 12 batters in a row starting in the third inning.

“It’s always good to beat the Cougars and it’s always good to sweep,” said Cribb, who improved to 4-3 with a cutter/curveball/changeup array over 62/3 innings. “That’s what we’re going for.”

The Citadel is 30-21 overall, 17-9 and in second place in the SoCon going into the series finale (1 p.m., Riley Park). The Bulldogs won the series opener Friday night, also 7-1.

College of Charleston (26-24, 14-11) lost its fourth straight game.

More errors than hits (four) is never a good thing.

“Tough to watch,” Cougars head coach Monte Lee said.

Uncharacteristic, too. The Cougars are second in the SoCon in fielding percentage.

“We beat ourselves in a lot of ways,” Lee said. “I don’t know if we would have won the game, because The Citadel played very well. Cribb did an outstanding job of pounding the strike zone. But they capitalized on every one of our mistakes. The four errors that we made early, every one of those guys scored.”

Drew DeKerlegand knocked in two runs with a fifth-inning single to give The Citadel a 7-1 advantage.

Blake Butler hit his first College of Charleston homer in the third inning.

The Cougars pin streak-stopping hopes on senior right-hander Matt Pegler (3-2, 3.55 ERA) today.

“College of Charleston is a great team and a great program,” Citadel head coach Fred Jordan said. “They’ll bounce back. With Pegler on the mound, they’re definitely the favorite.”

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