USC pitcher Michael Roth and Clemson outfielder Chris Epps were named Sunday to the SEC and ACC All Tournament teams respectively.
Roth pitched the Gamecocks’ first complete game of the season in the 7-3 win vs. Auburn. After giving up three unearned runs in the top of the first, Roth battled the rest of the way and limited the Tigers to just three hits in the final eight innings. He retired 13 consecutive batters as well to end the game.
Roth a first-team All-SEC performer, is 11-3 on the year with a 1.17 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 107.2 innings pitched. Opponents hit only .220 against him this season. Roth is a quarterfinalist for Pitcher of the Year by the NCBWA and earned Academic All-America honors from CoSIDA.
Epps was 3-for-9 (.333) with two home runs, one double, five RBIs, two runs, a 1.111 slugging percentage, three walks, one hit-by-pitch, a .538 on-base percentage, and one steal to lead the Tigers to two wins in three games.
Epps’ three-run homer in the fourth inning against #8 Georgia Tech on May 25 broke a scoreless tie in the Tigers’ 9-0 victory. Then against N.C. State on May 28, he hit another long homer in Clemson’s 6-3 victory. On the season, Epps is batting .290 with six doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 39 RBIs, 40 runs, a .412 on-base percentage, and 10 stolen bases in 57 games (53 starts).