The Gamecocks will likely be without one of its better hitters in SEC play this weekend and one pitcher scheduled to make his return this weekend will be sidelined the remainder of the season.
Mark Kingston announced Thursday George Callil will more than likely be unavailable this weekend against Kentucky, while going through concussion protocol, and Carmen Mlodzinski will redshirt this season after breaking his foot in March.
Callil left Sunday's game three against Vanderbilt early after colliding with Brady Allen in the outfield, taking the brunt of the hit and staying on the ground for a while before staying in the game after getting checked out by the training staff.
The junior shortstop, who's started all 24 games in SEC play, is second on the team hitting .238/.303/.400 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in conference play.
Mlodzinski hasn't pitched since the beginning of March and won't for the remainder of the season.
The Gamecocks' Friday night arm entering the season, Mlodzinski broke his foot three starts into his sophomore year and hasn't pitched since. He'll be shelved after just three starts where he was 0-0 and a 5.91 ERA.
He's out of his walking boot and moving around normally but will be shelved to preserve his year of eligibility.
Kingston also announced officially that Hadyen Lehman (elbow), Ridge Chapman (forearm) and John Gilreath (shoulder) will all miss the rest of the season. T.J. Shook (back) is also out for the year.
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The Gamecocks are already without Graham Lawson, Logan Chapman and Julian Bosnic, all pitchers who didn't make the 35-man rotation after having Tommy John surgery before the season.
That leaves the Gamecocks (24-24, 5-19 SEC) with just 10 healthy pitchers and seven games remaining.
“Life doesn’t always promise you wine and roses. I think you have to handle it properly. Is this frustrating? Yes," Kingston said. "But at the end of the day all you can do is handle it with class and in a way that will allow you to have success.”
Kingston said both outfielders Brady Allen and Josiah Sightler will be available this weekend to pitch.
The Gamecocks are going with Cam Tringali (2-3, 4.00 ERA) Friday night against Kentucky, Reid Morgan (3-5, 3.86 ERA) after that and TBA on Sunday.
ROAD TO HOOVER
The weekend series between South Carolina and Kentucky is crucial for both teams' path to the SEC Tournament. Carolina is one game behind Kentucky and Alabama for 12th in the SEC standings. The Gamecocks lose the tiebreaker to Alabama in a head-to-head scenario, so Carolina will need to win one more game than the Crimson Tide. Alabama hosts Texas A&M this weekend.
The Wildcats picked up a 5-2 win over Indiana at home this past Tuesday night as Ryan Johnson walked four times and scored three runs Jimmy Ramsey struck out seven in four innings of work. Coltyn Kessler leads the Wildcats with a .317 batting average while Ryan Shinn has 16 doubles and 13 home runs. On the mound, Zack Thompson is 5-1 with a 2.08 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched.