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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, May 28, 2010

College baseball: Wittels’ streak up to 52 games

Associated Press

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Florida International's Garrett Wittels doubled up on history Friday.

Wittels now has a 52-game hitting streak, six shy of the NCAA Division I record, after getting hits in both of FIU's games at the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

He didn't waste time on either.

The sophomore shortstop singled in the first inning off South Alabama's Garrett Harris in FIU's first game, then hit a first-inning, first-pitch double off Florida Atlantic's R.J. Alvarez in the nightcap. The only streak ahead of Wittels on the Division I list is Robin Ventura's 58-game stretch in 1987.

FIU needed to beat Florida Atlantic, the top seed, to remain alive in the tournament. The Golden Panthers likely need to win the conference title to secure a trip to the NCAA tournament.