Wittels Takes Hitting Streak To 47

May 22, 2010

Soph. Tied For 2nd All-Time

(Boca Raton, FL) Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels is continuing his run at college baseball history.  The sophomore singled in the top of the the third inning in his team’s 6-4 loss to Florida Atlantic Friday night to extend his hitting streak to 47 games.   Wittels finished the game going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

Wittels (FIU photo)

Wittels is now tied for second place on the NCAA all-time hitting streak list.   Phil Stephenson of Wichita State also hit safely in 47 straight games in 1981.  Former Oklahoma State star and Major League Veteran Robin Ventura holds the all-time record with hits in 58 straight games in 1987.  Ventura’s streak ended at that year’s College World Series.

Wittels has hits in all 47 of his team’s 52 games he has played in this season.  The sophomore is second in the Sun Belt Conference with a .410 batting average.  He has 82 hits in 200 at-bats with a .460 on-base percentage.  Wittels has hit 65 singles, 13 doubles, two triples and two home runs during his streak.

He has also made three relief appearances with a 3.30 ERA in 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Florida International (31-21, 17-12 Sun Belt) and Florida Atlantic (32-20, 20-9 Sun Belt) conclude their regular season Saturday afternoon on FAU’s campus.  If Wittels is able to continue his hitting streak in that game he will have the chance to keep it going when the 2010 Sun Belt Conference Tournament begins next Wednesday in Murfreesboro, TN.

All-Time Division One Hitting Streaks

Robin VenturaOklahoma St.198758
Garrett WittelsWichita St.201047
Phil StephensonWichita St.198147
Roger SchmuckArizona St. 197145
Chuck AbbottAustin Peay199642
Michael Campo
Todd Nace
Rusty Adkins
Penn St.
Southern Miss.

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