Sports Roundup: Cal Poly’s Allen, Imhof earn weekly Big West baseball honors

sports@thetribunenews.comFebruary 17, 2014 

The Cal Poly baseball team saw two of its standout performers from this weekend’s sweep of Kansas State take home this week’s top conference honors.

Starting pitcher Matt Imhof and third baseman Jimmy Allen were named Pitcher of the Week and Field Player of the Week, respectively, by the Big West Conference, the school announced Monday.

Imhof’s two-hit, 14-strikeout performance in seven innings Friday lifted the Mustangs (3-0) to their first of three straight wins over the then-No. 22 Wildcats.

Allen, a senior, knocked in six of Cal Poly’s 18 runs in the series, including a game-winning, two-run single in the opener. He finished 5 for 12 with at least one RBI in each contest.

Cal Poly climbs to No. 22 in rankings

Kansas State started the year as the nation’s 22nd-ranked baseball team, but after a season-opening series at Cal Poly, it’s the Mustangs who now hold that distinction.

Cal Poly rose seven spots in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll — from No. 29 to 22 — and jumped to No. 22 in the Baseball America poll, where the Wildcats stood before losing all three games at Baggett Stadium.

The Mustangs are also No. 22 in the Perfect Game poll and up one spot to No. 26 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper poll.

Cal Poly begins a stretch of 11 of its next 12 games on the road, starting tonight at Santa Clara and continuing this weekend with a visit to defending national champion UCLA.

Nipomo athletes compete at meet

Ten athletes from Nipomo High competed at the California Indoor State Track and Field Meet — a club-level event held in conjunction with the Run for the Dream Indoor Track and Field Invitational at the Save Mart Center in Fresno.

Senior Kyra Meko placed ninth in the one-mile race with a time of 5 minutes, 18.66 seconds. Teammate Kylie Rodriguez was 33rd in 6:08.98.

Jared Springer finished 17th in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 5 1⁄4 inches. The senior also placed 20th in the 25-pound weighted throw with a distance of 43 feet, 7 3⁄4 inches.

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