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August 5, 2012

Torres Puts Together Eight-Game Hitting Streak for Corvallis Knights

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly sophomore-to-be outfielder Nick Torres produced an eight-game hitting streak over the last two weeks playing for the Corvallis Knights in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League.

Torres went 15-for-31 over the eight-game stretch, hitting .484 with a home run and seven RBI. The streak was snapped August 2 and included a four-hit game against Kitsap and a three-hit contest against Klamath Falls.

Torres (pictured at right) currently is hitting .252 for the Knights, going 34-for-135 this season with 13 doubles and one triple. He has driven in 22 runs while stealing five of eight bases.

Also playing for Corvallis are Alex Michaels (.230, five doubles, 13 RBI) and Bryan Granger, who has compiled a 3-2 record and 1.77 ERA. In six starts this season at Corvallis, Granger has allowed 11 walks and struck out 26 batters over 35.2 innings.

Meanwhile, Michael Holback has a 1-1 record and 2.90 ERA pitching for Kitsap. In eight games (four starts), Holback has struck out 22 batters in 31 innings.

Also at Kitsap is Jordan Ellis, who lifted his batting average 30 points over the last week to .270 with three doubles, a pair of triples and seven RBI.

Michael Dingilian has compiled a 1-2 record and 4.32 ERA at Bend. In nine relief appearances, he has struck out 15 batters in 16.2 innings.

Danny Zandona pitched three games in relief for Bend with no record and a 6.75 ERA while Tommy Pluschkell hit .171 with three doubles and a pair of RBI in 28 games.

Two other Mustangs are playing in the WCCBL.

Ryan Drobny is hitting .296 at Wenatchee with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run and 23 RBI while southpaw Matt Imhof has struck out 32 batters in 29 innings at Walla Walla, compiling an 0-4 record and 4.97 ERA.

Playing for the Orleans Firebirds in the Cape Cod League, right-hander Chase Johnson has a 2-1 record and 4.67 ERA. In 18 relief appearances, Johnson has struck out 21 batters and walked seven in 17.1 innings.

Three Mustangs are in the Northwoods League.

For the Green Bay Bullfrogs, catcher Chris Hoo is hitting .255 with four doubles, one home run and seven RBI while outfielder David Armendariz has a .281 average with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 21 RBI, stealing 13 of 18 bases.

Armendariz, a pitcher in high school who has yet to pitch in two seasons at Cal Poly, has appeared on the mound six times for Green Bay this summer. After not allowing a run in his first three stints, Armendariz has an 0-1 record and 5.00 ERA with 15 strikeouts and seven walks over nine innings.

Mustang third baseman Jimmy Allen is hitting .248 for the Eau Claire Express, going 40-for-161 at the plate with 13 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 25 RBI. He is 12th in the Northwoods League in doubles.

Pitcher Kyle Brueggemann is pitching for the Asheboro Copperheads in North Carolina and has a 1-0 record and 3.00 ERA with five strikeouts in 15 innings.

At Waterloo, pitcher Reed Reilly has no record and a 16.20 ERA with five walks and six strikeouts over five innings.

Three Mustangs are on the roster of the Conejo Oaks in the California Collegiate League.

On the mound, Braden Young is 1-2 with a 2.35 ERA, pitching 15 innings in 11 relief appearances with 21 strikeouts and only five walks. He has earned a pair of saves.

Second baseman Denver Chavez is hitting .328 (22-for-67) with five doubles, two triples, one home run and 14 RBI, stealing 10 of 11 bases, while first baseman Jordan Brower has a .256 average (20-for-78) with five doubles, a home run and 12 RBI. He has gone 6-for-14 (.429) at the plate over the last two weeks.

Outfielder Tyler Evanoff is hitting .273 for the Nevada Bighorns in Carson City with four doubles and five RBI.

Matt Russell, an outfielder, is playing for the SoCal Angels in the Central Coast Baseball League.

Shut down for the summer are pitchers Joey Wagman, Taylor Chris and Colton Haynes along with catcher Elliot Stewart, infielders Evan Busby and Michael Hoo and outfielder Tim Wise.