South Carolina baseball has rolled out the same starting rotation every weekend so far this season. But as SEC play arrives, the weekend trio is changing.
South Carolina announced that Friday ace Clarke Schmidt is “day-to-day” with a minor oblique strain, bumping him off his scheduled start Friday night at Tennessee.
Sophomore Adam Hill (0-2, 1.56 ERA) will move from Sunday to Friday for the Gamecocks, with junior Wil Crowe (3-0, 2.25 ERA) still scheduled to pitch Saturday.
Schmidt (3-0, 1.04 ERA) could be available Sunday for the Gamecocks, who otherwise would be turning to a new weekend starter for the first time this season. Schmidt struck out a career-high 12 batters against Michigan State last Friday in a 3-2 pitchers duel at Founders Park.
South Carolina already has a handful of injuries, as closer Tyler Johnson is out for the second straight weekend with a sore arm and outfielder TJ Hopkins might not play against Tennessee either after he left Friday’s game against MSU with a right leg injury. Second baseman LT Tolbert is expected to play this weekend after he jammed his hand sliding into second base against Michigan State on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (11-5) will play Tennessee at 7 p.m. Friday and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.