Winthrop baseball continues a 16-game homestand today when Notre Dame, Manhattan College and the Eagles begin the Coca-Cola Classic tournament at The Winthrop Ballpark.
The schedule calls for two games to be played each day through Sunday. But with rain in the forecast for Sunday, Winthrop coach Tom Riginos said there is a chance the tournament could be condensed into a two days.
Check heraldonline.com for updates on the tournament schedule.
Winthrop went 1-3 last weekend in the Johnny Gill Memorial tournament. The Eagles beat Wagner, 9-2, in the team's home opener behind Tyler Mizenko's six innings of one-hit pitching.
Winthrop (2-5) went on to drop the last three games - two to Kent State and another to Wagner.
Mizenko will start today against Notre Dame. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA through his first two starts. He did not issue a walk and recorded six strikeouts last week.
Sean Sullivan suffered a season-ending elbow injury in a game last weekend against Kent State. He was attempting to throw home from center field, but the ball flared toward third base.
He said he felt tingling in the fingers on his right hand for a few seconds afterward. He was at practice on Thursday showing off some deep-colored bruising on the inside of his right elbow.
Sullivan, a redshirt junior and team captain, will have Tommy John surgery next week. Through five games, he had a.294 batting average. Last season, he had a.288 average with six home runs and 34 RBIs.
Sullivan broke the same elbow playing quarterback his senior year at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia. He had a pin surgically inserted to repair that injury.
Sophomore outfielder/pitcher Max Vogel suffered a stress fracture. Vogel fouled a ball off his right foot on the season-opening trip to San Diego and was hobbling on it last week before being diagnosed with the injury.
Vogel, a .293 hitter last season in 43 games, will be in a boot for four-to-six weeks. He is expected play again later this season.
"Injuries are a part of athletics," Riginos said. "You can't expect to go through a season injury-free. You almost have to plan on them. Some other players are going to have to step up. This is their opportunity."
Notre Dame comes Rock Hill with a 3-3 record. The Fighting Irish have wins over Purdue, Penn State and Seattle.
Manhattan opened the 2011 season with a three-game series at Western Carolina. The Jaspers won the first game, 11-6, behind a pair of home runs by Chad Salem. The Catamounts took games 2 and 3.
Manhattan (1-4) lost on Wednesday to Fordham in the Bronx. Third baseman Chad Salem had three doubles in the 8-6 loss. Salem leads the team with a .471 batting average, two homers and eight RBIs.