By Cadet G. Coleman
Every pitcher on the baseball diamond is expected to have a big, tall frame in Division I baseball. The Citadel’s Logan Cribb is definitely not the case.
Cribb is a Rock Hill native where he attended Rock Hill High School. He lettered three times in baseball and was named the team’s MVP as well as receiving all-region and all-state honors his senior year. As a highlight, he was named to the North/South All-Star game his senior year.
Cribb was never the biggest or strongest on the mound, but he produced a certain type of charisma that pushed him beyond other starting pitchers.
Cribb is called “a junky lefty.” He is not going to overpower anyone in the batter’s box but he is going to locate his pitches very precisely and strike out a batter out with his off-speed pitches. His curveball and changeup are one of the best I have faced and I am sure that many other batters from our team and other teams would say the same. Cribb is a very vocal leader and always has a lot to say. He will let you know what you are doing wrong and whether or not that is acceptable.
Cribb made a name for himself in the spring his freshman year. The South Carolina Gamecocks came to Riley Park to face The Citadel in a midweek battle. Coach Fred Jordan told Cribb that he was going to get the start and he was very nervous and excited, just like any other freshman pitcher would be when they would be facing a top team in the country.
Cribb pitched scoreless innings against the Gamecocks. He allowed eight hits and struck out three. The Citadel won the game, 2-0, and this was the first time that The Citadel shutout South Carolina since 1971. This amazing performance by Cribb earned him Southern Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week as well as CB360 Primetime National Pitcher of the Week. The most amazing thing about this win was the simple fact that Cribb did not let this game go to his head at all. He stayed humble and was respected by the team because of that.
He ended his freshman year with 25 appearances, a 1-4 record and a 5.36 earned run average. The Citadel had a rough season his freshman year, but had faith in him to bounce back and keep improving for next season. In Cribb’s sophomore year, he recorded 14 starts and pitched in 16 games with a 3-4 record and a 4.89 earned run average. He was second on the team in innings pitched with 77.1.
I am looking forward to watching Cribb’s performance for his senior year season here at Riley Park. He is again positioned to be a weekend starter and I feel like with his experience and sound leadership, he will lead the Bulldogs to yet another Southern Conference championship which will be held at Riley Park in May.
Cadet G. Coleman, of Winnsboro, SC, is in Andy Solomon’s Sport Communications class.