The USC pitching staff extended its scoreless streak to 18 innings in a 10-0 win over Ball State Tuesday night at Carolina Stadium. The Gamecocks shut out Clemson and Ball State in their last two games. And they shut out Clemson last Friday night. Gamecock pitchers have allowed only five earned runs over their last 36 innings.
But the biggest news of the night coach Chad Holbrook held for the end of his press conference. He announced sophomore lefthander Jordan Montgomery would miss at least the next two weeks, and probably more, with a “stress reaction” in his pitching arm. Holbrook said Montgomery’s arm felt fine when pitching but bothered him in the days recovering from an outing.
The first concern was that he had a stress fracture that would sideline him 6-8 weeks, but the news Holbrook got from the USC medical staff Tuesday was what he called good news. Montgomery is 3-0 this season with a 0.95 ERA. He’s 9-1 for his career with a 3.07 ERA.
Holbrook said no decision has been made about who will replace Montgomery in the rotation.
Four USC pitchers combined on the Tuesday night shutout striking out 11 and not giving up a walk. Jack Wynkoop went the first six innings to get his second win in as many decisions. He retired the first 16 batters he faced and allowed just two hits. Vince Fiori and Joel Seddon worked the next two innings and Forrest Koumas pitched the ninth and allowed the only other hit.
The Gamecocks had 14 hits including Joey Pankake’s first home run of the season, a three run blast to left center in the fourth. Graham Saiko had the first three hit game of his career. Max Schrock, Dante Rosenberg and Tanner English had two hits apiece, and LB Dantzler extended his hitting streak to 8 games with a single.
The Gamecocks are 9-2 while Ball State falls to 5-5. Game two of the two game series will be Wednesday afternoon at Carolina Stadium with freshman Curt Britt expected to start for the Gamecocks.