Manti Te'o is not alone.

Just ask Michael Roth, one of the Angels' most decorated pitching prospects. Caught up in a phony relationship? Happened to him too.

Roth started the championship game of the College World Series in each of the last three years, with his South Carolina team winning in 2010 and 2011 before losing last year. After the Gamecocks won the 2010 title, Roth traveled to Maine to pitch in a summer league, where he got an unsolicited text message from an unfamiliar number.

"Are you the cute Michael I met?" read the message.

That started a stream of flattering texts and alluring phone calls from a woman Roth never had met, including the requisite visits that inevitably were canceled at the last minute.