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June 1, 2012

by Koby Padgett
Assistant Media Relations Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the second-consecutive year, Gamecock pitcher Michael Roth earned placement on the Capital One Academic All-America First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), the group released today.

Roth holds a 6-1 record in 2012, posting a 2.58 ERA while holding opponents to a .213 batting average. The senior from Greer, S.C., has fanned 75 and walked 31 on the season in 101 innings. Roth has also contributed at the plate, posting two doubles and two RBI in his 16 at-bats.

This adds to Roth’s lengthy list of honors. Last year’s National Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-American, he added the H. Boyd McWhorter Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from the Southeastern Conference earlier this spring. Also the 2012 SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, he also took a spot on this year’s SEC All-Defensive Team. Roth is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top amateur baseball player annually by USA Baseball.

Roth is the third Gamecock baseball player to capture the award for a second time, joining Jim Curl and Paul Hollins, who both made the 1980 and 1981 teams.

Florida State’s James Ramsey was named the Academic All-American of the Year. Roth is one of three players in the Columbia Regional who made the squad, as Coastal Carolina’s Tucker Frawley and Clemson’s Phil Pohl both made the first team as well.

The full team is listed below.

2012 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Baseball Team
as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America

First Team
P Michael Roth, Sr., South Carolina

P Ross Stripling, Sr., Texas A&M
C Tucker Frawley, Sr., Coastal Carolina
IF Jake Hibberd, Sr., Wright State
IF Drew Pettit, Gr., Canisius
IF Zach Price, Sr., Army
IF Zach Wentz, Sr., North Dakota State
OF Tim Colwell, So., North Dakota State
OF Dan Gulbransen, Jr., Jacksonville
OF James Ramsey, Sr., Florida State
OF Paul Ritzheimer, Jr., Murray State
DH Phil Pohl, Sr., Clemson

Second Team
P Tyler Johnson, Sr., Stony Brook
P Chris Stratton, Jr., Mississippi State
C Jeremy Schaffer, Sr., Tulane
IF Shane Basen, Jr., Charlotte
IF Kenny Diekroeger, Jr., Stanford
IF Drew Dosch, So., Youngstown State
IF Travis Isaak, Sr., Murray State
OF Troy Larson, Jr., Minnesota
OF Brandon Thomas, Jr., Georgia Tech
DH Anthony DeFabio, Sr., Pittsburgh

Third Team
P Kolt Browder, Sr., Baylor
P Chase Byerly, Jr., Butler
C Josh Elander, Jr., TCU
IF Zach Fisher, Jr., Towson
IF Reed Harper, Jr., Austin Peay
IF Simon Kudernatsch, Sr., Hartford
IF Dusty Quattlebaum, Sr., Gardner-Webb
OF Brandon Boudreaux, Jr., Tulane
OF Billy Burgress, Sr., Utah Valley
OF Trevor Kirk, Sr., UNLV
DH Josh Holskey, Sr., Campbell