COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Three South Carolina Gamecock baseball players received All-American accolades as teams were announced by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday morning.
Left-handed pitcher Michael Roth earned first-team honors from Baseball America and second-team honors from the NCBWA, right-handed pitcher Matt Price was a second-team selection by both, and first baseman Christian Walker was named to the third-team by Baseball America.
Roth, a junior, dominated batters his first year as a full time starter. He is 13-3 with a 1.02 ERA. His 13 victories ties him with four other Gamecocks for the seventh highest single season mark in victories. Roth leads all SEC pitchers with a 1.17 conference ERA.
Roth has continued his dominance in the 2011 NCAA tournament, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, earning All-Tournament Team accolades.
Sophomore closer Matt Price has played a huge role in getting the Gamecocks back to Omaha. With a 5-3 record, 2.16 ERA and 18 saves for the 2011 season, Price has again earned all-conference accolades. Price has struck out 67 batters in 50 innings this season, limiting batters he faced to a meager .205 batting average.
In SEC play, Price had the second best ERA among all SEC pitchers at 1.71; trailing only Gamecock teammate, Roth. He also participated in a league high 17 SEC games.