USC freshman second baseman Max Schrock made the trip to Florida for this week’s SEC series despite suffering a slight concussion Tuesday night against The Citadel. He left the game in the third inning after being involved in a collision with a base runner while covering first base on a bunt play.
Coach Chad Holbrook reported after the game that X-rays showed there was no fracture to his neck and compared the injury to a form of whiplash. Schrock’s status for the Florida series is listed as day-to-day.
After several big games at the plate last week, Schrock has boosted his offensive numbers to .264 with a pair of homers and 24 RBIs.
Senior left-hander Nolan Belcher will start Thursday’s game against the Gators, and sophomore lefty Jordan Montgomery, who returned to the mound last weekend after missing a month to an arm injury, will start Friday’s game. Montgomery will still be on a pitch limit, Holbrook said.
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With Evan Beal being taken out of the rotation after three straight ineffective starts, Saturday’s starter has not yet been determined. It will likely come down to senior right-hander Colby Holmes or senior left-hander Adam Westmoreland, depending on whether either is needed in relief in the first two games.
- Neil White