Cal Poly Sports

Feb 15, 2014 2:05 AM by Bill Halter

Imhof K's 14 as Mustangs win opener

The Cal Poly baseball team opened its season with a 3-0 home win against 21st ranked Kansas State. Junior Matt Imhof dazzled on the mound for the Mustangs with 14 strikeouts to tie a Cal Poly Division I record. The Mustangs scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning to get the season started with a win before 1,126 fans at Baggett Stadium.

Imhof (1-0) allowed just two singles in seven innings and walked three. The lefty's previous career high for strikeouts in a game was 12 against Cal State Northridge a year ago. Junior right-hander Reed Reilly earned a two-inning save with one strikeout. It was Reilly's 16th career save.

Kansas State starter Levi MaVorhis pitched five scoreless innings before being lifted for Landon Busch who suffered the loss after allowing three runs.

Cal Poly loaded the bases in the sixth on singles by Tim Wise and Jordan Ellis plus an intentional walk to Brian Mundell. With one out, Allen knocked in two runs with a single up the middle. After a single by John Schuknecht reloaded the bases, sophomore second baseman Mark Mathias drew a bases-loaded walk to push across the third run of the inning.

That was more than enough for Imhof and Reilly, whose 15 combined strikeouts are three short of the school Division I record.

Cal Poly had seven hits, Jordan Ellis was 2-4 batting in the second spot of the lineup.

The second game of the series is Saturday night at 6:00pm. Freshman right-hander Slater Lee will make his first collegiate start for Cal Poly against Kansas State senior southpaw Jared Moore.



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