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Jul 26, 2013 8:53 PM by Andrew Masuda

After dominant run with Team USA, Imhof returns to Cal Poly honored and confident

Just a few days after earning his third victory for Team USA, Matt Imhof returned to the Cal Poly campus on Friday.

The junior-to-be was one of the best, if not the best pitcher for the USA Collegiate National Baseball Team. The Americans completed an exhibition schedule where they went 20-3.

Imhoff pitched exclusively in relief for the Americans. He went 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA. He struck out 18 in 17 innings and allowed just 10 hits. Opposing batters hit just .175 against the left-hander.

Imhoff earned a victory in Japan over the Japanese National Team. He picked up another win earlier this week in Team USA's 3-2 win over the Cuban National Team. Matt said the biggest highlights was when Team USA swept all five games against Cuba.

Imhof called his time on Team USA a one in a lifetime experience. He is the first Mustang ever to play for the Collegiate National Team.

"It was an honor and the first time you hear the national anthem play when you've got the USA across your chest was special. It was a big experience. You kind of don't realize it until you're standing out there and you're like, wow, I'm actually getting an opportunity to represent the greatest country in the world," said Imhof, who went 7-3 with a 2.74 ERA for Cal Poly this past spring as a sophomore.

Imhof played alongside 23 of the other top collegiates in the nation that included players from top ranked teams like LSU, Oregon State and North Carolina State. Imhof said his experience and success gave him more confidence in himself and Cal Poly baseball.

" I'd heard about these high profile pitchers on the team. And so I was able to see them pitch and then compare myself against the same competition it was just kind of a reassuring feeling you know what our program at Cal Poly is just as good as them and I'm just as good as these guys," said Imhof, who added the team visited the memorial at Hiroshima and toured other areas during their visit to Japan.

The 6-5, 220 pound pitcher will be back to bolster the Mustang starting rotation next spring as a junior.

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