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March 7, 2014

Imhof Strikes Out 15 Batters in No. 9 Cal Poly Victory Over Seattle

SHORELINE, Wash. – Junior southpaw Matt Imhof established a Cal Poly Division I record with a career-high 15 strikeouts and sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias drove in two runs to lead the No. 9 Mustangs to a 4-0 victory over Seattle in the opening game of a three-game non-conference baseball series Friday night at Meridian Park.

Imhof (pictured at right) pitched eight scoreless innings to improve to 3-1 on the year, scattering four hits and walking three. Junior right-hander Reed Reilly tossed a scoreless ninth.

With the win, Cal Poly improved to 10-2 on the year. Seattle fell to 5-9.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning when Cal Poly scored twice on an RBI single by Brian Mundell and a squeeze bunt by Mathias.

The Mustangs added two more runs in the seventh on a Seattle error and a bases-loaded walk by Mathias.

Junior center fielder Jordan Ellis was the lone Mustang to collect more than one hit, singling twice. Senior left fielder Tim Wise and junior right fielder Nick Torres each added a double as Cal Poly outhit the Redhawks 8-4.

Seattle's four hits included a double by catcher Brian Olson.

Imhof struck out 14 batters in the season opener Feb. 14 against Kansas State and two other Mustang pitchers fanned 14 batters in a game -- Mason Radeke against Valparaiso in 2011 and Mike Zirelli versus Temple in 1999.

Imhof retired the last seven batters he faced and struck out each Seattle starter at least once except second baseman Cullen Henrdrickson. No Redhawk runner reached third base.

Losing pitcher Mac Acker (2-2), a transfer from Washington, absorbed the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits over six innings with two walks and six strikeouts. At one time, he retired 11 consecutive Mustang hitters.

Mustang senior catcher Chris Hoo picked off two Seattle runners at first base and threw out two more trying to steal.

The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader Saturday at 11 a.m. at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.