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Wolfpack College Summer Baseball Update

Jose Torres had a monster night in Texas while DeAngelo Giles is getting back into the swing of things back home in North Carolina among NC State baseball players in summer wood bat league action

Baseball is a cyclical game by nature, full of ebbs and flows as the season goes along. It's a pattern the three NC State players taking part in summer wood bat leagues have all been experiencing over the past few days.

While Jose Torres and DeAngelo Giles are on the upswing after going through brief rough patches, Austin Murr has finally cooled off from his red hot start over the first two weeks of the abbreviated season.

Torres saw his batting average for the Amarillo Sod Squad of the Texas Collegiate League drop below .200 late last week after going just 1 for 14 over a three-game stretch. 

But he has since regained his stoke at the plate.

The freshman shortstop, hitting in the No. 7 spot in the order for the first time this summer, went  4 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored in the Sod Squad's 15-4 beatdown of the Texarkana Twins.

In his last four games, Torres has amassed nine hits, to go along with seven RBI, six runs and three walks in his last 21 at bats while raising his season average more than 100 points to .298.

Closer to home in High Point, Wolfpack teammate Giles has officially worked his way out of an even deeper slump.

The freshman infielder, playing for his hometown High Point-Thomasville HiToms of the Coastal Plain League, struck out in seven straight at bats and eight of nine over a dreadful three game stretch.

But after hitting a homer in his most recent appearance on Saturday, he began to get his confidence back. Thursday, after a two-day break in the schedule, Giles continued to rebound by going 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI in the HiToms' 16-4 rout of the Catawba Valley Stars.

Of his six hits this season, four have been for extra bases (two doubles, two homers). He's also driven in eight runs and scored six in 18 official at bats while raising his average to .278.

"It's just really about staying locked in," Giles said after the game in an interview posted on the HiToms' Twitter page. "You've got to get your reps off the field and do whatever you can to make sure you're ready when you're name gets called."

While Giles and Torres are now surging, Murr is headed in the opposite direction.

Since having his 11-game hitting streak to start the Northwoods League season snapped on Monday, the junior first baseman has gone just 2 for 18 over the next four games for the LaCrosse Loggers.

He posted his second 0-fer of the season on Thursday by going hitless in five trips to the plate in his team's 8-7 win against the Wisconsin River Rafters. After having his season average top out in the high .300s, Murr has dipped to .279 for his 15 summer games.

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