Jul 16, 2013 12:51 AM by Eric Burdick

Imhof earns second win for Team USA

Cal Poly junior-to-be southpaw Matt Imhof secured four outs in Team USA's 12-3 victory over the Crystal Lake Cardinals on Monday in Geneva, Ill.

Imhof, the second of six pitchers used by USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team, allowed one hit, did not walk and batter and also did not record a strikeout. Imhof earned the victory and raised his record with Team USA to 2-0.

Team USA jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first three innings and kept the pressure on with a 16-hit offensive attack, improving to 14-3 this summer. Team USA just returned home from a five-game series against Team Japan, losing the series three games to two.

In four games on the mound for Team USA, Imhof has compiled an 0.64 ERA over 14 innings, allowing six hits and four walks with 14 strikeouts.

Team USA (14-3) will wrap up play in Illinois on Tuesday afternoon against the Metro College Baseball of Illinois All-Stars in Geneva, Ill.

A five-game series between Team USA and Cuba begins Thursday night in Des Moines, Iowa. The two teams also will play a pair of games im Omaha and one each in Cary and Durham, N.C.

Imhof pitched in one game for Team USA in the Japan series, allowing one run and two hits in 6 2/3 innings in a relief appearance in the third game of the series, won by Team Japan 5-2.

In six innings over two stints on the mound in training games for Team USA prior to the Japan series, Imhof did not allow a hit or a run. He walked two and struck out eight, securing a spot on the final 24-man roster after his brilliant four-inning performance for the win against the Wilmington Sharks on June 27 in which Imhof retired the last 11 batters he faced.

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's first career complete game as a Mustang was a seven-hitter in a 7-1 victory over UC Davis. He notched a career-high 12 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings for the win against Cal State Northridge and also struck out 11 batters in games against Notre Dame and Hawai'i.

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.

In his last start of the 2013 season, Imhof had a no-hitter through five innings against UCLA in the NCAA Division I Los Angeles Regional with five strikeouts. Cal Poly led 4-0 before the Bruins broke through for four runs on three hits in the sixth inning en route to a 6-4 victory.

As a true freshman in 2012, Imhof started four weekend games in the first two months and compiled a 1-0 record and 3.04 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 47.1 innings.



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