Gamecocks hold steady in poll; Roth honored

GoGamecocks staff and wire reportsFebruary 27, 2012 

South Carolina's Michael Roth (29) pitched seven innings allowing no hits during the South Carolina-Elon baseball game Friday in Columbia.

TIM DOMINICK — Tim Dominick/tdominick@thestate.com

South Carolina remained No. 3 in the Baseball America Top 25 after a weekend sweep of Elon.

Also, senior Michael Roth was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week. Roth threw seven innings of no-hit ball and struck out seven in an 8-1 win vs. Elon on Friday. Roth shared the honor with Ole Miss sophomore Bobby Wahl, who struck out a career-high nine in seven innings.

The Gamecocks (6-0) will play its first midweek game of the season Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Presbyterian (0-7) at Carolina Stadium. Freshman left-hander Jordan Montgomery is the probable starter for USC.

This weekend's opponent, Clemson (4-2), moved up a spot to No. 15 after taking two of three in its series against Maine.

Florida remained No. 1 and Stanford No. 2 in the Baseball America poll.

Vanderbilt, ranked No. 10 in the preseason, fell out of the rankings after a 1-6 start. The Commodores have been swept in consecutive weekends by Stanford and Oregon.

The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings.

Rk.TeamW-LLast WeekPrev.
1.Florida7-14-01
2.Stanford7-04-02
3.South Carolina6-03-03
4.Arkansas7-14-14
5.Rice8-05-05
6.Texas A&M6-23-16
7.Arizona5-23-18
8.Georgia7-04-09
9.North Carolina5-13-010
10.Georgia Tech6-23-111
11.Arizona State5-12-113
12.Miami7-04-014
13.Florida State6-13-118
14.Louisiana State5-22-27
15.Clemson4-22-116
16.Mississippi5-14-020
17.UCLA4-33-122
18.Oregon7-15-0NR
19.Central Florida5-22-219
20.Cal State Fullerton3-32-1NR
21.Texas2-50-412
22.Texas Christian2-41-315
23.Oklahoma4-23-023
24.Louisville6-14-024
25.Baylor6-23-225

Dropped out: Vanderbilt (17), Oregon State (21).

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