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UPDATE: Garrett Wittels moves hitting streak to 56 games

Jun 5, 2010, 4:08 PM EST

Thumbnail image for garrett wittels.jpgUPDATE: Wittels will have to wait until next season for a chance at history. FIU lost to Dartmouth 15-9 on Saturday afternoon and have been eliminated from the NCAA tournament.

2:28 PM: According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 56 games with a first-inning double against Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon.

Of course, Joe DiMaggio holds the major league record with a 56-game hitting streak, but Wittels is now just two games away from tying the Division I record set by Robin Ventura with Oklahoma State in 1987. Damian Costantino established the NCAA record by hitting in 60 straight games with Division III Salve
Regina from 2001-2002.

The only thing is, it looks like Wittels might not get a chance at the record this season. After pulling out to an early 6-2 lead, FIU currently trails Dartmouth 12-8 in the top of the seventh inning. With a loss, FIU would be eliminated from the NCAA tournament.
  

  1. Old Gator - Jun 5, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    This has gotta be tough on Mike Lowell, FIU alumnus and designated celebrity rooter. Whatever the near-term resolution of Lowell’s situation in Boston, I’ve gotta think they’re keeping the coach’s chair warm for him over on the west side of town, and that it’s a job he’d jump at in a New York nanosecond.

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