College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 4 with South Carolina senior LHP Michael Roth. The Greer, South Carolina native attended Riverside High School. He was a member of several teams including 2006 & 2008 South Carolina AAA All-State team, 2006 & 2007 Louisville Slugger High School All-American, 2006 South Carolina AAA Player of the Year, and a 2008 Rawlings Preseason third team All-American.
As a freshman in 2009, he made 16 appearances (two starts) while going 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in 32 innings of work. He held opponents to a .254 batting average against while striking out 28 batters while walking 13 batters.
His sophomore season saw him work primarily out of the bullpen in his 37 appearances but made two starts in the College World Series. He finished the season with a 2-1 record and a 1.34 ERA in 40.1 innings pitched. Roth held opponents to a .196 batting average while striking out 35 batters while walking ten. His first start of the season was against Clemson in the College World Series where he pitched a complete game limiting the Tigers to just one run on three hits with four strikeouts and a walk in a 5-1 victory. His other start came in the CWS Championship Series against UCLA where he allowed one run on six hits with three strikeouts and two walks as the Gamecocks defeated UCLA 2-1.
Roth stepped into the number 1 starter role in 2011 appearing in 21 games (20 starts) going 14-3 with a 1.06 ERA in a team high 145 innings pitched. He held opponents to a .208 batting average while striking out 112 batters while walking 41. He was a consensus All-American with the ABCA, Baseball America, CollegeBaseballInsider.com, Collegiate Baseball, and NCBWA all naming him to their teams. He was also named All-SEC for his performance.
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