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February 18, 2014

Cal Poly Junior Southpaw Matt Imhof Earns More National Awards

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- The national awards continue to pour in for Cal Poly junior southpaw Matt Imhof.

College Sports Madness has named Imhof as its national pitcher of the week while NCAA.com listed Imhof's 14-strikeout performance over seven scoreless innings against then-No. 22 Kansas State as one of the top five performances in Week 1.

On Monday, Imhof was named Big West Conference pitcher of the week, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper tabbed him as one of its eight National Players of the Week and Web site CollegeBaseballCentral.com named Imhof's effort on the mound as one of the top five starting pitching performances from the opening weekend of play.

Imhof (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose High School) established a new career high with his school Division I record-tying 14 strikeouts Friday night. The 14 punchouts eclipsed his previous best of 12 against Cal State Northridge a year ago and Imhof also struck out 11 twice in 2013.

Mike Zirelli struck out 14 in 1999 against Temple while Mason Radeke equalled the mark in 2011 against Valparaiso.

The junior southpaw allowed just two singles and three walks in seven innings against the Wildcats, an NCAA Super Regional team in 2013. Imhof retired the side in order twice, struck out the side twice and recorded two strikeouts in three other innings. He allowed two runners to reach second base.

College Sports Madness identifies the players who have made the greatest impact to their team from each conference and on a national basis each week. The Web site has additional college baseball coverage updated each week including its Top 25 Rankings and NCAA Tournament Bracket Projections.

Cal Poly went on to sweep Kansas State by scores of 3-0, 5-2 and 10-1 and moved up to No. 22 in three of the major NCAA Division I polls.

Coach Larry Lee's Mustangs visit Santa Clara for a single game Tuesday night at 6 o'clock before traveling to Los Angeles to face defending national champion UCLA for a three-game set Friday through Sunday at Jackie Robinson Stadium.