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Tanner shakes up rotation: Cisco to bullpen

Late in the season, the South Carolina baseball team's weekend rotation is getting its first shakeup. And it's a rather large one.

Junior Mike Cisco, the team's No. 1 starter throughout this season, has been moved to the bullpen after a rough few weeks. He is being replaced in the rotation with senior Nick Godwin, who has shined in mid-week starts.

Godwin will start Saturday's game at Arkansas, according to USC team spokesman Andrew Kitick. Junior left-hander Will Atwood, who has been the Saturday starter this season, will move into the Friday role. Sophomore right-hander Blake Cooper will remain the Sunday starter.

The Gamecocks' starting rotation had been remarkably stable until now. Every weekend series, including all nine in the SEC so far, consisted of Cisco (5-3, 4.98 earned run average) on Friday, Atwood (5-2, 4.33) on Saturday and Cooper (5-4, 3.72) on Sunday.

But coach Ray Tanner evidently wanted to find a spot for Godwin (5-2, 2.48) and felt Cisco needed to work out his struggles in the bullpen. Tanner is scheduled to speak to the media this afternoon before the team departs for Arkansas.