Cal Poly pitcher Matt Imhof has been selected to the final 24-man roster for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, Cal Poly announced Sunday.
Imhof, who will be a junior left-hander next season, is the Mustangs’ first Team USA selection since Cal Poly rose to the NCAA Division I level 19 years ago. Former Mustangs second baseman Matt Jensen was chosen for Team USA tryouts in 2009 and 2010.
“For Matt to receive an invitation to the Team USA tryouts and earn selection to the team speaks to what he has accomplished over the last two years,” Cal Poly head coach Larry Lee said in a statement. “I have no doubt that he will represent not only Team USA but Cal Poly well. It will be a great honor and great experience for Matt.”
Imhof shined as Cal Poly’s Saturday starter this season. The Mission San Jose High product went 7-3 with a 2.74 ERA, and the Mustangs were 4-2 in his six no-decisions.
Imhof was a key cog in a pitching staff that helped Cal Poly (40-19) set a Division I program record for single-season victories, and win a game in an NCAA Division I regional for the first time.
“Matt had an excellent sophomore season, combining for a real solid one-two punch with Joey Wagman,” Lee said. “He was unlucky in that, when he pitched, we did not have a lot of offensive support for him, or his record would have been much better. He was involved in a lot of no-decisions.”
Imhof pitched in a training game Thursday and struck out five batters in four scoreless, hitless innings against the Wilmington Sharks.
Imhof faced the minimum 12 batters in his only appearance so far for Team USA. He issued a leadoff walk in the first inning, but later retired 11 straight batters to get the win.
The Collegiate National Team is 7-0 with three training games left against Coastal Plain League teams before it departs Wednesday for an exhibition contest against the Matsuyama Industrial League on Friday in Matsuyama, Japan, according to a news release.
The five-game USA-Japan series is scheduled to begin Saturday in Matsuyama, Japan.