South Carolina junior pitcher Michael Roth was named National Player of the Year by CollegeBaseballInsider.com, the outlet announced Thursday.
Redshirt sophomore Matt Price joined Roth on the outlet’s All-America first team, while senior hurler John Taylor made the second team. Sophomore first baseman Christian Walker earned an honorable mention.
Roth went 14-3 in 2011, posting a 1.06 ERA in 145 innings of work. The junior, in his first full year as a starting pitcher, struck out 112 batters and walked 41 to help lead the Gamecocks to their second-consecutive NCAA Division I national championship.
Roth also tallied a 1.17 ERA in Southeastern Conference play, the lowest of any starter in the league. His 14 wins tie for fifth most by a Gamecock in a single season. It’s Roth’s second first-team All-America nod this offseason, as he made Baseball America’s first team, while the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) selected Roth for its second team. Roth was a third-team selection by Louisville Slugger.
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The four Gamecocks on the lists matched Vanderbilt and Virginia for top honors among teams. The Cavaliers’ Danny Hultzen and Branden Kline join Roth and Price as the only teammates as first-team All-Americans.