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4 Gamecocks Taken In MLB Draft's 2nd Day

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Christian Walker: 4th Round - Baltimore Orioles

South Carolina junior first baseman Christian Walker has been selected in the fourth round of the 2012 MLB Draft.  Walker was the No. 132nd overall pick in the draft by the Baltimore Orioles.  He is the first current Gamecock player to be selected in the year's draft.  Walker earned first-team All-SEC honors this year and is the team's leading hitter with a .319 average (67-for-210) with 44 runs scored, 11 homers and 53 RBI. 

In SEC games, Walker was among the best in the conference as he ranked first in walks (28), second in runs scored (28), second in on-base percentage (.463), tied for second in home runs (7), tied for second in runs batted in (25), third in slugging percentage (.578) and sixth in total bases (59). 

Walker is up to 238 career hits for the Garnet & Black, seven hits shy of Hank Small (1972-75) for 10th on the All-Time hits list at South Carolina.   He has hit .337 (238-for-707) in his career at South Carolina with 30 homers, 44 doubles and 166 RBI. 

Walker has also been key in clutch situations as he was named to both the 2010 and 2011 CWS All-Tournament teams as the Gamecocks won back-to-back national championships in Omaha. 

Matt Price: 7th Round - Baltimore Orioles

South Carolina junior right-handed pitcher Matt Pricehas been selected in the seventh round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Price was the No. 222 overall pick in the draft by the Baltimore Orioles. Price is the second current Gamecock player to be selected in this year's draft. Price is the all-time saves leader at South Carolina with 40 as well as appearances with 97 for the Garnet & Black. Price is just one save shy of the SEC record of 41 set by Joshua Fields of Georgia (2005-08).

Price earned second-team All-SEC honors this year and is 4-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 22 games with 10 saves. Nine of his 10 saves came in SEC play. Price earned All-America honors last year and was named to the CWS All-Tournament Team. He has served as closer for the Gamecocks since his redshirt freshman season in 2010.

The Baltimore Orioles have several former Gamecocks currently in the organization. Steve Pearce (2004-05) and Steve Tolleson (2003-05) are both currently in, "The Show," with the Orioles right now with Brian Roberts (1999) on the disabled list. Justin Dalles (2009) is also a member of the organization at the Single-A level in Frederick of the Carolina League.

Evan Marzilli: 8th Round - Arizona Diamondbacks

South Carolina junior outfielder Evan Marzilli has been selected in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB Draft.  Marzilli was the No. 273 overall pick  by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Marzilli is the third current Gamecock player to be selected in this year's draft.  The Baltimore Orioles earlier selected Christian Walker and Matt Price today.  Marzilli earned 2012 SEC All-Defensive team honors and he is one of two players on the squad this year to have started all 60 games.  Marzilli is hitting .288 (68-for-236) with 12 doubles, three triples, a pair of homers, 30 RBI and 50 runs scored.

Michael Roth: 9th Round - Los Angeles Angels

South Carolina senior left-hander Michael Roth has been selected in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB Draft.  Roth was the No. 297 overall pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.  

A two-time captain and the 2012 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Roth  is 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 16 starts with 107.1 innings pitched.  He has 76 strikeouts to 35 walks and opponents are batting just .215 against him. In SEC games, Roth went 3-1 with a 3.43 ERA.  He hurled 65.2 innings in 10 league starts.  Roth earned Consensus All-America honors in 2011 and was CollegeBaseballInsider.com's National Player of the Year.  He started both the championship-clinching games of the 2010 and 2011 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

Roth has a career record of 23-6 at South Carolina.  He has 90 career appearances as a Gamecock, second only to current teammate Matt Price.  He also has hurled 324.2 innings in his career, just four innings shy of the Top 10 career list.

 

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