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Gamecocks begin another title defense

Originally Published: February 21, 2012
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- On Friday afternoon, All-America pitcher Michael Roth stood on the mound of Carolina Stadium and paused for a moment to take a look around.

Before throwing the first pitch of South Carolina's 2012 baseball season and officially beginning the Gamecocks' second consecutive College World Series title defense, the big left-hander scanned the sellout crowd and the national championship banner that had been hoisted just moments before.

Then ...

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