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Jul 23, 2013 2:18 AM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's Imhof Earns Third Win as Team USA Beats Cuba 3-2

Cal Poly junior-to-be Matt Imhof made his sixth appearance on the mound for the USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team on Monday night, allowing three hits and a walk but no runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief, as Team USA beat Cuba 3-2 for a 4-0 lead in their five-game series.

The game was played at Coleman Field at the USA Baseball Training Camp in Cary, N.C. Final game of the series will be played Tuesday night in Durham, N.C. Team USA is 19-3 so far this summer.

Imhof, the second of six pitchers used by Team USA on Monday, notched one strikeout, raising his total with Team USA to 18 in 17 innings. He earned the win to improve to 3-0 with Team USA and dropped his ERA to 0.53.

Imhof has allowed 10 hits and five walks this summer with Team USA and opposing batters are hitting just .175 against him.

Cuba scored twice in the third inning and Team USA countered with three in the fifth and held on for the win.

In the second game of the series against Cuba, Imhof pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and one hit allowed as Team USA earned a 10-inning 3-2 victory.

Imhof was Cal Poly's Saturday starter on the mound this season and compiled a 7-3 record and 2.74 ERA. The Mustangs also were 4-2 in Imhof's six no-decisions this year. Imhof, who earned All-Big West Conference honorable mention praise and was the winner of the team's Dick Morrow Coaches Award, struck out 95 batters and allowed 30 walks in 101 2/3 innings. Opponents hit just .249 against the 6-5, 220-pound native of Fremont, Calif.

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