One day before it opens a key SEC series with Alabama, the USC baseball pitching rotation was dealt a potentially major blow. Gamecock skipper Ray Tanner revealed on his call in show that weekend starter Colby Holmes may not pitch against the Crimson Tide because of a muscle strain he suffered during practice Wednesday. Holmes was slated to pitch in the series finale Saturday afternoon. He is 6-0 with a 3.92 ERA this season.
Tanner’s starting rotation is already thin because of an injury to Forrest Koumas a few weeks ago. Koumas is close to returning, but has not pitched since injury his elbow in the Vanderbilt series on March 31st. It is unlikely Koumas will be ready to return to a significant starting role this weekend.
Freshman Jordan Montgomery replaced Koumas in the rotation and has been stellar, but with Holmes injured, Tanner is going to have to scramble to find another guy to plug in. Evan Beal would be one candidate, although Tanner prefers to keep him in the bullpen. Lefties Nolan Belcher and Adam Westmoreland have both earned mid-week starts, but that duo has lost to Francis Marion and College of Charleston in the past two weeks.
USC and Alabama play game one of their series at 7:00 tomorrow night at Carolina Stadium.