USC Star Michael Roth Says He Was 'Catfish' Target

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Gamecocks pitcher Michael Roth (29) pitches against the Arizona Wildcats in the first inning of the championship finals game two of the 2012 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. (Matt Ryerson-US PRESSWIRE)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Former USC star pitcher Michael Roth says he was targeted by a "Catfish," a person pretending to be someone they weren't.

Roth, who helped lead the Gamecocks to back-to-back College World Series titles, details his story in a blog that's he's written.

"Catfishing" refers to a 2010 documentary that profiles a man who is duped by a woman who claims to be in love with him, only to find out that much of what she told him wasn't true. A subsequent MTV series based on people with similar experiences was later launched.

It's become a term that's been used much in recent days to refer to the Manti Te'o controversy, in which a Notre Dame linebacker says he had a relationship with a woman, only to later reveal that she never existed.

Roth's situation is far less dramatic. He says in 2010 he began receiving text messages from a woman who clearly wanted to be in a relationship with him, and he engaged in conversations for a short time. However, Roth quickly became skeptical that she wasn't telling the truth about who she was, but says the woman kept texting and calling him for almost a year. He says the woman had a very rehearsed story, and may have tried to mislead other people with a similar tale.

Roth said the woman stopped sending him messages after the 2011 season. To read his full account, you can go to his blog.  (http://michaelroth29.wordpress.com/)

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