Matt Imhof might not have to wait all year to get the memories of a disappointing postseason loss off his mind.
The Cal Poly sophomore left-hander has a chance to overwrite them with Team USA.
Imhof, who saw a fifth-inning no-hitter and 4-0 lead over UCLA implode in the regional round of the NCAA baseball tournament earlier this month, has been invited to the U.S. Collegiate National Baseball Team’s training camp.
He is the second Mustangs player to earn the distinction and will try to make the 24-man roster when practice begins on June 20 in Cary, N.C., in preparation for a series against Japan in July.
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Former Cal Poly second baseman Matt Jensen was invited in both 2009 and 2010. An injury forced him to miss the tryouts in 2009 and he was released from the 2010 squad following the final day of training camp though he hit a grand slam in the final game of a six-game intrasquad series.
Team USA will play Japan in various Japanese cities July 6-11, followed by games July 15-17 against summer collegiate league all-star teams in the northeast. Team USA also is scheduled to play several games against Cuba from July 18-23.
“I have no doubt that he would be worthy of making the final roster and representing not only Team USA but Cal Poly,” Mustangs head coach Larry Lee said. “If selected, it will be a great honor and great experience for Matt.”
Imhof compiled a 7-3 record and 2.74 ERA this past season. Cal Poly was 4-2 in his six no-decisions as the Saturday starter.
Imhof notched a career-high 12 strikeouts in 61⁄3 innings for the win against Cal State Northridge and also struck out 11 batters in games against Notre Dame and Hawaii.
Imhof struck out 95 batters and allowed 30 walks in 1012⁄3 innings, limiting opposing hitters to a .249 average.
In his last start of the season, Imhof had a no-hitter through five innings against UCLA 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.