Cal Poly Sweeps Baseball Weekly Honors
Cal Poly swept the initial 2014 Big West Baseball Field Player and Pitcher of the Week awards as senior Jimmy Allen and junior Matt Imhof spurred their team to a 3-0 mark against No. 22 Kansas State.
Imhof Fans Career-Best In Shutout Of No. 22 Kansas State
Cal Poly junior Matt Imhof (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose HS) captured Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors after establishing a new career high with 14 strikeouts against No. 22 Kansas State.
Imhof’s 14 punch outs eclipsed his previous best of 12 against Cal State Northridge. The southpaw allowed just two singles in seven innings as the Mustangs toppled the Wildcats, 3-0, in the 2014 season opener Friday.
Imhof, who went 7-3 last year, got the Mustangs off to a solid start in an eventual series sweep of the Wildcats, an NCAA Super Regional team in 2013.
Others nominated: Thomas Eshelman (Cal State Fullerton); Jordan Johnson (Cal State Northridge); Nick Sabo (Long Beach State); Evan Brock (UC Irvine); Jacob Smigelski (UC Riverside)
Allen Keys Mustang Offensive Attack
Senior Jimmy Allen (Vista, Calif./Rancho Buena Vista HS) knocked in one-third of Cal Poly’s runs in a season-opening sweep of nationally ranked Kansas State to earn Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week accolades.
The third baseman hit .417 with sixth RBI to spark the Mustangs to 3-0, 5-2 and 10-1 victories at Baggett Stadium.
Allen smacked a two-RBI single to break a 0-0 tie in the sixth inning and spurred Cal Poly to the win in the season opener over the No. 22-ranked Wildcats Friday. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI single Saturday and drove in three more Sunday with a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly. Allen delivered his second multi-hit game of the series, going 2-for-4 for the second straight game.
Others nominated: Clay Williamson (Cal State Fullerton); Brett Balkan (Cal State Northridge); Michael Hill (Long Beach State); Joe Chavez (UC Riverside); Marcus Doi (Hawai‘i)