USC pitcher out for season

COLUMBIA — South Carolina pitcher John Parke will miss the 2016 baseball season after being diagnosed with an injury to his left elbow that will require surgery.

The junior left-hander underwent an MRI which discovered an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. He is scheduled to have surgery Thursday.

Parke, from Greenville, pitched 91/3 innings last season, all in relief, striking out 10 while not allowing an earned run. USC pitcher Wil Crowe suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament last season and is also expected to miss this season after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Parke’s injury is the second suffered by a South Carolina player in preseason practice. On the opening day of spring scrimmages in late January, infielder Madison Stokes fractured a bone in his right foot and was expected to be out 6 to 8 weeks.

The Gamecocks open the 2016 season Friday at 4 p.m. against Albany at Founders Park. USC is coming off a 32-25 season in which it missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.