Logan Cribb tossed the first complete game of his career and was backed by an early offensive surge, leading the Bulldogs to an 8-2 win over Appalachian State in the opening game of a Southern Conference series.
The Citadel (14-21, 2-11 SoCon) snapped a seven-game conference losing streak while defeating the Mountaineers (11-20, 5-4) for the sixth straight time over the past two seasons.
Cribb scattered 10 hits in exceeding his previous career-long outing of eight innings set against South Carolina on April 12, 2011 when he recorded a 2-0 victory over the Gamecocks. The senior left hander registered the first complete game for The Citadel since Austin Pritcher did so against College of Charleston on May 10, 2013.
Cribb allowed single runs in the second and third but was able to strand the bases loaded in the second and fifth. He then finished strong, retiring the final seven batters of the game, to win for the first time since defeating Nebraska on Feb. 28. Cribb walked three and struck out four.
Bo Thompson got The Citadel offense started in the first when he homered to left, his seventh of the season and 25th of his career, moving the junior slugger into a tie for 10th place in school history with Josh Stackley.
The Mountaineers tied it in the bottom of the second before the Bulldogs took advantage of wildness by Appalachian State starter Jamie Nunn in the third. The all-conference pitcher hit a batter and walked two straight, including Thompson with the bases loaded, and Tyler Griffin followed with a two-run single.Johnathan Stokes capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to give The Citadel a 5-1 lead.
Nunn allowed three hits and five runs (three earned) with three walks in three innings.
The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fourth on a run-scoring single by Drew DeKerlegand and a two-run single by Stokes, giving the shortstop three RBI for the night.
Thompson tied a career high with three runs scored and drove in a pair. Mason Davis did not have a hit but scored twice and stole two bases, giving him 19 on the year and 55 in his career, moving the junior second baseman into a tie for 16th in Citadel history with 55 career thefts.