Carlin leaves win vs. UCF with shoulder injury
USF baseball rallied for a 6-5 win at Central Florida on Tuesday night, but the Bulls' pitching staff may have taken another hit along the way. Senior left-hander Junior Carlin, who picked up his first career win in relief Tuesday, left in the eighth inning with pain in his throwing shoulder, the same shoulder he had surgery on before last season.
The severity of Carlin's injury isn't known yet, but USF has already dealt with plenty of injuries on the mound. Another senior left-hander, Andrew Barbosa, hasn't pitched since the second weekend of the season, and after initial hopes that he could return for Big East play later this month, his status for the remainder of the season is uncertain. Before the season started, the Bulls knew they would be without two key arms in senior Derrick Stultz and sophomore Ray Delphey, both recovering from surgery last year.
Carlin, who hadn't pitched since his freshman year, is fifth on the staff with 10.1 innings, carrying a 4.35 ERA. He's also started every game as a hitter, though his .193 average is down significantly from past seasons. USF hasn't had good numbers from its bench bats -- if Carlin is sidelined, the next outfielders in could be Anthony Diaz (.143) or Alex Mendez (.100).
USF (7-9) has a four-game series with Bethune-Cookman this week, with games Thursday and Friday in Daytona Beach, then the final two in Tampa on Saturday and Sunday.