South Carolina Baseball: Michael Roth Brings Fluctuating Release Point to Game 2
Michael Roth Fuels South Carolina Baseball with Two Different Deliveries
A year ago, then sophomore Michael Roth was a situational pitcher for the South Carolina Gamecocks were making their way to the College World Series. Roth was forced onto the scene is starting action in Game Two of last year, and he hasn't looked back since.
Roth has turned into the Gamecocks ace. Check out the numbers: Roth has gone 13-3 with a 0.98 ERA this season.
READ MORE: College World Series Live Blog: Game 2
He certainly isn't afraid of a challenge either. Roth welcomed the chance to start game 2 of the 2011 College World Series finals despite having just three days' rest after throwing seven innings and 90 pitches.
The left-handed Roth is a very unique pitcher. he switches his release point and arm angle for right and left handed batters. He goes almost straight over the top for righties, and then drops down sidearm for lefties.
It gives Roth optimum movement tailored to each batter, and it is certainly something that is easier said than done. Few pitchers can maintain consistency when moving their arm angles.
As I type, Roth just moved his way through a scoreless first inning and is looking strong...from both arm angles.
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