Southern baseball team may move Godoy to weekend rotation

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Southern pitcher Camilo Godoy throws against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette earlier this season. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Southern pitcher Camilo Godoy throws against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette earlier this season.

Cador mulling moving Godoy to weekend rotation

We’re just trying to find people we know we can depend on (down the stretch).” Roger Cador, Southern baseball coach

Freshman right-handed pitcher Camilo Godoy won’t last long when Southern hosts Loyola in a baseball game at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field.

A couple innings. Maybe three, tops.

And that’s all by design, because Southern coach Roger Cador is considering moving Godoy to his weekend Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division rotation.

“I’m really considering moving him,” Cador said.

The move to Sunday isn’t completely set.

Cador said he’ll still “sleep on the decision” the next few nights. But limiting Godoy’s work Tuesday night — when Southern (13-16), an NCAA Division I school, hosts Loyola (15-33), an NAIA school — will allow him to be ready to start Sunday. Going any longer will take away that option.

Southern is in second place in the Western Division, but the Jaguars are 2-6 in their last eight games and have struggled to find traction all season.

SU has two divisional series remaining — at home with both Grambling and then Prairie View — and then will have the SWAC tournament next month.

“When you look at it, we haven’t put anything together that we could sustain,” Cador said. “No excuses. We just have to find a way to right the ship. We’ve got time. The next two weekends are going to be crucial. We need to find a way to put some things together.”

Hence, the potential move of Godoy (0-3, 8.15 ERA, with 12 strikeouts and 11 walks in 17.2 innings) to a Sunday slot in the rotation. Godoy, who redshirted last season, has appeared in four games, all starts.

“I just think he can be more effective,” Cador said. “He can eat up some innings. Once he gets out of the first inning, he’s very effective.”

That would allow senior right-hander Daniel Garcia (3-2, 4.04 ERA, with 19 strikeouts and 13 walks in 42.1 innings) to move into the bullpen, and strengthen that aspect in the process. Garcia has appeared in eight games, all starts, this season.

“Our bullpen is a mess,” Cador said. “(Garcia) may serve us better in the bullpen. He’s got the experience. ... We don’t score enough runs where we have the luxury of the bullpen not being stingier. ... That’s what happens when you don’t score runs. People struggle; people start pressing.”

The game will begin a seven-game, season-ending road trip for Loyola, which is on a six-game winning streak after the Wolf Pack won back-to-back weekend conference series.

“We’d like to win, but right now we’re just trying to find people we know we can depend on (down the stretch),” Cador said.

Evan Turkish leads the Pack in batting average at .326 and slugging percentage at .451. Philip Cazayoux has the team lead in runs with 36, while Karson Cullins leads in home runs (three), RBIs (31), steals (13) and total bases (74).