Baseball Roundup: Cal Poly’s Mathias on Team USA’s final roster

As expected, Mustangs infielder will continue to play for USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; Blues shut out at home

sports@thetribunenews.comJune 30, 2014 

Cal Poly second baseman Mark Mathias’ summer just got a bit more hectic — and memorable.

The rising junior was selected to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team on Monday, marking the second consecutive year and third time overall a Mustang has been chosen for the 24-man squad.

Left-handed pitcher and 2014 Philadelphia Phillies draft pick Matt Imhof represented Team USA last year, and Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith made the 1976 roster.

Mathias was shuffled throughout the infield during his seven-game tryout on the Red, White and Blue Tour, but his bat was a constant threat in the 10-day training camp.

The Big West Conference Player of the Year had at least one hit in all seven games, posting two three-hit performances to go with a .462 average, four doubles, one RBI, nine runs and four stolen bases.

Three other players from the Big West selected to the team were Cal State Fullerton pitchers Thomas Eshelman and Justin Garza, and UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate.

The team, coached by Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn, opens with a series against Chinese Taipei tonight in Cary, N.C., continuing later in the week at ballparks around the state.

The team hosts Japan, also in North Carolina, July 6-8 before a nine-day trip to the Netherlands for Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week. The journey ends in Cuba with a five-game series July 23-27.

Blues blanked by Brewers, 8-0

San Luis Obispo left 10 runners on base and committed three errors in an 8-0 summer collegiate loss to the Los Angeles Brewers at SLO Stadium.

Austin O’Brien was 2 for 4 for the Blues (20-8, 16-7 California Collegiate League), who were held without a run for the first time this season.

Dakota Hudson struck out five in four innings, but took the loss after allowing six runs — two earned — five hits and two walks.

Matt Esparza struck out five in six scoreless innings to earn the win for the Brewers (11-4, 10-4), who got three RBI from Manny Argomaniz.

Stuart, Indians blast Braves by double digits

Mac Stuart homered, doubled and drove in six runs, and Alex Gironda scattered five hits over six scoreless innings as the North County Indians topped the Bakersfield Braves, 10-0, in Templeton.

Stuart, a Paso Robles graduate and Cuesta College product, finished 2 for 3 and was one of eight Indians to score at least one run.

Christian Priore, Austin Kron and Steve Pico also had two hits apiece for North County (14-6), which scored four runs in both the fifth and sixth.

Gironda struck out two and earned the win, while Cal Poly recruit Kyle Smith struck out three in three hitless innings.

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