Chance Sinclair blanked The Citadel on four hits through seven innings, and Nebraska took advantage of a rare off day for the Bulldog defense to score four unearned runs in a 4-0 victory to salvage the final game of a three-game set at Riley Park.
The Bulldogs (6-6) were shut out for the first time since losing at No. 1 North Carolina 13-0 on May 1, 2013, and only the second time in the past 97 games. The Citadel's biggest threat came in the ninth when Tyler Griffin doubled with two outs to put runners at second and third before Josh Roeder struck out Drew DeKerlegand to end the game.
The Huskers (5-5) defeated the Bulldogs for the first time in four all-time meetings while posting their first shutout of the season. Sunday's contest marked the end of a stretch which saw The Citadel play a total of nine games against seven schools from power conferences and winning four times.
Sinclair was dominant the whole way, facing only two batters over the 21 minimum in his seven innings of work. He fanned five, throwing 68 of his 96 pitches for strikes, and did not walk a batter in raising his season record to 2-0. Bob Greco and Roeder each pitched a scoreless inning in relief for Nebraska.
After not committing an error in the past three games of its now snapped four-game winning streak, The Citadel had four in the first three innings on Sunday. The first error in the second led to an RBI single by Blake Headley off Bulldog starter Kevin Connell that gave the Huskers the only run they would need.
An inning later, The Citadel misplayed three infield grounders that resulted in three more unearned runs, all scoring with two outs. Michael Pritchard drove in Nebraska's second run with a single, and Bryce Only knocked in two more with a base hit to give Sinclair some breathing room.
Connell went the first five innings, allowing six hits and the four Husker runs. Austin Livingston took over in the sixth and threw four solid frames, giving up four hits while keeping Nebraska from adding to its margin.
Griffin and Johnathan Stokes both had two hits, with Griffin going 5-for-13 with a double, two homers and six RBI during the series to break out of an early season slump.
The Citadel continues its eight-game homestand with midweek contests against Coastal Carolina on Tuesday and Toledo on Wednesday, both at 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs play a three-game set against College of Charleston next weekend with games at Riley Park on Friday and Sunday and Patriots Point on Saturday.