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Posted on: Saturday, June 5, 2010

Wittels' hit streak at 55 games


Associated Press

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Florida International's Garrett Wittels extends his hitting streak to 55 games with a sixth-inning double.

J. PAT CARTER | Associated Press

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. Garrett Wittels was cramping in the third inning, and initially resisted when trainers told him to take a quick bag of intravenous fluids.

Good thing he changed his mind.

He revived then kept his hitting streak alive.

With a sixth-inning double, the Florida International sophomore extended his streak to 55 games, closing to three of matching Robin Ventura's Division I record set 23 years ago. Wittels finished 1 for 4, and the Golden Panthers fell to Texas A&M, 17-3, in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

"The only positive thing about today," FIU coach Turtle Thomas said, "is the young man to my left getting a base hit."

Wittels needed to dig deep to get that hit.

Frustrated with himself after flying out to short right with runners on the corners in the first inning, Wittels chopped a ball to third base with two outs in the third inning. He took a misstep coming out of the box, stopping 60 feet shy of first base and grabbing his right calf in obvious discomfort, but took his spot in the field at second base for the bottom of the inning.

Leading off the sixth, Wittels watched as Texas A&M starter Barrett Loux started with three balls out of the strike zone.

"I looked down at coach Thomas," Wittels said. "He gave me the green light. If it was out of the zone, I wasn't going to swing, but it was a good pitch to hit, fastball away."

Wittels hit a sharp liner that rose just enough to get over the glove of Aggies second baseman Adam Smith and dropped into the right-center gap for an easy double.

Wittels will try for a 56th straight game with a hit today, when FIU (36-24) meets Dartmouth (26-18) in an elimination game.

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At Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium

Norwich, Conn.

Yesterday

Florida State 11, Central Conn. State 3

Oregon 5, Connecticut 3

Today

Game 3 Central Connecticut State (33-22) vs. Connecticut (47-15), 8 a.m.

Game 4 Florida State (43-17) vs. Oregon (39-22), 12:30 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 12:30 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

At Davenport Field

Charlottesville, Va.

Yesterday

Virginia 15, Virginia Commonwealth 4

Mississippi 10, St. John's 5

Today

Game 3 Virginia Commonwealth (34-25-1) vs. St. John's (40-19), 7 a.m.

Game 4 Virginia (48-11) vs. Mississippi (39-22), noon

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

At Jim Patterson Stadium

Louisville, Ky.

Yesterday

Vanderbilt 8, Illinois State 7, 13 innings

Louisville 11, Saint Louis 2

Today

Game 3 Illinois State (31-23) vs. Saint Louis (33-28), 6 a.m.

Game 4 Vanderbilt (42-17) vs. Louisville (49-12), 10 a.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 6 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 a.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon

At Carolina Stadium

Columbia, S.C.

Yesterday

The Citadel 7, Virginia Tech 2

South Carolina 9, Bucknell 5

Today

Game 3 Virginia Tech (38-21) vs. Bucknell (25-34), 8 a.m.

Game 4 The Citadel (43-20) vs. South Carolina (44-15), 1 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

At BB&T Coastal Field

Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Yesterday

Coastal Carolina 6, Stony Brook 0

College of Charleston 9, N.C. State 6

Today

Game 3 Stony Brook (29-26) vs. N.C. State (38-23), 7 a.m.

Game 4 Coastal Carolina (52-7), vs. College of Charleston (43-17), 1 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 a.m.

At Russ Chandler Stadium

Atlanta

Yesterday

Alabama 11, Elon 2

Georgia Tech 10, Mercer 0

Today

Game 3 Elon (38-23) vs. Mercer (37-23), 9 a.m.

Game 4 Alabama (38-22) vs. Georgia Tech (46-13), 1 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 9 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At McKethan Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

Yesterday

Oregon State 6, Florida Atlantic 4

Florida 7, Bethune-Cookman 3

Today

Game 3 Florida Atlantic (35-23) vs. Bethune-Cookman (35-21), 7 a.m.

Game 4 Oregon State (32-22) vs. Florida (43-15), 1 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

At Mark Light Stadium

Coral Gables, Fla.

Yesterday

Texas A&M 17, Florida International 3

Miami 12, Dartmouth 8

Today

Game 3 Florida International (36-24) vs. Dartmouth (26-18), 6 a.m.

Game 4 Texas A&M (41-19-1) vs. Miami (41-17), 10 a.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 6 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 a.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

At Plainsman Park

Auburn, Ala.

Yesterday

Clemson 10, Southern Mississippi 1

Auburn 9, Jacksonville State 7

Today

Game 3 Southern Mississippi (35-23) vs. Jacksonville State (32-25), 9 a.m.

Game 4 Clemson (39-21) vs. Auburn (42-18), 1 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, noon

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1 p.m.

At Baum Stadium

Fayetteville, Ark.

Yesterday

Arkansas 19, Grambling State 7

Washington State 8, Kansas State 6

Today

Game 3 Grambling State (22-31) vs. Kansas State (36-21), 9:05 a.m.

Game 4 Arkansas (41-18) vs. Washington State (35-20), 2:05 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 9:05 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2:05 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2:05 p.m.

At L. Dale Mitchell Park

Norman, Okla.

Yesterday

Oklahoma 7, Oral Roberts 6, 10 innings

North Carolina 12, California 3

Today

Game 3 Oral Roberts (35-26) vs. California (29-24), 8 a.m.

Game 4 Oklahoma (45-15) vs. North Carolina (37-20), 2 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

At UFCU Disch-Falk Field

Austin, Texas

Yesterday

Louisiana-Lafayette 1, Rice 0

Texas 11, Rider 0

Today

Game 3 Rice (38-22) vs. Rider (36-22), 8 a.m.

Game 4 Louisiana-Lafayette (38-20) vs. Texas (47-11), 1:30 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 8 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 1:30 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 8 a.m.

At Lupton Baseball Stadium

Fort Worth, Texas

Yesterday

Arizona 10, Baylor 9

TCU 16, Lamar 3

Today

Game 3 Baylor (34-23) vs. Lamar (35-25), 9 a.m.

Game 4 Arizona (34-22) vs. TCU (47-11), 2 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 9 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 2 p.m.

At Goodwin Field

Fullerton, Calif.

Yesterday

New Mexico 9, Stanford 5

Minnesota 3, Cal State Fullerton 1

Today

Game 3 Cal State Fullerton (41-16) vs. Stanford (31-24), 1 p.m.

Game 4 Minnesota (31-28) vs. New Mexico (38-20), 5 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.

At Jackie Robinson Stadium

Los Angeles

Yesterday

LSU 11, UC Irvine 10, 11 innings

UCLA 15, Kent State 1

Today

Game 3 UC Irvine (37-20) vs. Kent State (39-24), 11 a.m.

Game 4 LSU (41-20) vs. UCLA (44-13), 3 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 11 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m.

At Packard Stadium

Tempe, Ariz.

Yesterday

Hawai'i 4, San Diego 3

Arizona State 6, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2

Today

Game 3 San Diego (36-21) vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (33-25), 11 a.m.

Game 4 Hawai'i (34-26) vs. Arizona State (48-8), 4 p.m.

Tomorrow

Game 5 Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 10 a.m.

Game 6 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m.

Monday

x-Game 7 Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3:30 p.m.