South Carolina sophomore right-hander Colby Holmes is on a roll.
At 3-0 on the year, Holmes earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors for his effort last weekend against Tennessee. Holmes worked a career-high seven innings and struck out career-high seven batters to earn the win in a 2-0 victory over the Vols. He limited the Vols to three hits and no walks.
Holmes has battled his way into the rotation, securing a spot as the Gamecocks' Saturday starter.
He has a 3.00 ERA in 30.0 innings pitched with 28 strikeouts to eight walks. Opponents are hitting .212 against him.
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Talk about the big series this weekend against Vanderbilt and how it would be to beat a No. 1 team twice in a season.
Obviously Vandy is pretty good. They're No. 1. They've got some good pitchers, good hitting. I believe if we come out and play like we've been playing, we'll have a good shot of beating them. Obviously our pitching has been doing pretty good. Hitting has been struggling a little bit, but our hitting could come around at any time.
Is that a sign of a solid team when you can win with strong pitching as hitters are struggling?
Absolutely. As long as you score a couple runs and we have a good pitching staff, you can keep the other teams' runs to a minimum.
The Gamecocks went down to Florida a few weeks ago and handled a top team. What kind of confidence does that give you this weekend against another No. 1 team?
It gives us a lot of confidence. Florida was a good team as well. Beating them made us have a lot of confidence going into the next couple of SEC games.
Are you pleased with your game right now, and how special was winning the SEC weekly pitcher honor?
It was pretty special. I never thought early on in this season that I'd be starting in the SEC on Saturdays. But it's a big accomplishment for me.
You have to be pretty pleased - with the questions about who would be the weekend starters - that you've stepped in and solidified a spot.
I've been working hard ever since the beginning of the season. Being out the first week because I was sick kind of put me down a little bit. I've been battling back since that and working hard. It's paid off.