Gamecocks Roth, two others named All-Americans

Pitcher Michael Roth
Pitcher Michael Roth

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.

In a year where the bats received a makeover to reduce power, Walker still produced. The sophomore out of Limerick, PA leads the Gamecocks with a .359 batting average, as well as a team-high 10 HR and 60 RBI. Walker is one of only two Gamecocks to start all 64 games this season. Walker has also been selected to the 220man roster for the 2011 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as well.