Schrock making trip to Florida after collision, concussion

April 10, 2013 

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.

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

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