Cal Poly second baseman Matt Jensen hit a game-winning grand slam on the last day of the U.S. Collegiate National Team Trials, but it was not enough to land him on the final roster when cuts were announced late Sunday.
The sixth inning slam boosted Jensen’s Red team to a 5-3 win over the Blue at the National Training Complex in Cary, N.C., giving the Red a 3-2-1 advantage in the six-game series.
With his team trailing 3-1, Jensen turned on a fastball from Erik Sommerville and drove it over the wall in left after two singles and a walk loaded the bases.
Jensen, who will be a junior next season, went 3 for 15 with five RBI in the series and did not commit an error in eight chances in the field while playing second and third base.
He is the first Cal Poly player to compete at the trials and became the first Mustang to be invited last year, when he had to miss the tryout because of a broken collarbone.
The final 22-man roster, made up of the top non-draft eligible college players, includes two players from the Big West Conference, Nick and Noe Ramirez of Cal State Fullerton, and features five infielders.
The team will culminate its summer schedule at the FISU World University Championships in Tokyo later this month. Jensen will return to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod League, where he is batting .275 with three doubles and nine RBI.