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Feb. 23, 2012

Columbia, S.C. – South Carolina senior left-handed pitcher Michael Roth is one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes named as a candidate for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Thursday afternoon. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Roth is in his second straight year as captain for the baseball team. He is a Preseason All-America selection and was a 2011 consensus All-American and’s National Player of the Year. Last year, Roth was named to the College World Series All-Tournament Team and was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American as well. He also earned the NCAA Elite 88 award as the student-athlete with the highest GPA of all student-athletes in the 2011 College World Series.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on all the candidates, visit

Baseball CandidatesPablo Bermudez, Outfield, FIURobbie Buller, First Base/Pitcher, Houston BaptistPat Cantwell, Catcher, Stony BrookScott Coffman, Pitcher, New Mexico StateBo Cuthbertson, Shortstop, Southern UtahTaylor Dugas, Centerfield, AlabamaMatt Hamann, Pitcher, BelmontJake Hibberd, First Base, Wright StateTodd Hornsby, Pitcher, Jacksonville StateMike Le Bel, Infield, Rhode IslandDavid Lyon, Catcher, Kent StateThomas McCarthy, Third Base, KentuckyCharlie McCready, Pitcher, Charleston SouthernTrenton Moses, Third Base, Southeast Missouri StateAustin Nola, Shortstop, LSUPeter O'Brien, Catcher, Miami (Florida)Nick Orvin, Outfield, CitadelPhil Pohl, Catcher/First Base/Outfield, ClemsonZach Price, Infield, ArmyJames Ramsey, Outfield, Florida StateBrance Rivera, Outfield, TCUMichael Roth, Pitcher/First Base, South CarolinaCam Schiller, Second Base, Oral RobertsJoe Sclafani, Shortstop, DartmouthRonnie Shaeffer, Catcher, UC IrvineTyler Sibley, Second Base, Texas StateRoss Stripling, Pitcher, Texas A&MBrent Suter, Pitcher, HarvardPreston Tucker, Infield/Outfield, FloridaTroy White, Third Base, Northern Illinois

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. The award is sponsored by Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, and is managed by Premier Sports Management.

With fiscal year 2010 sales of $48.8 billion, Lowe’s Companies, Inc. is a FORTUNE® 50 company that serves approximately 15 million customers a week at more than 1,725 home improvement stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the world. Lowe’s is an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA.

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletics opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit and for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

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