Garrett Wittels' Hitting Streak Ends At 56 Games, Two Short Of Record

Brandon Efferson and Stefan Lopez.

File those names away for a baseball trivia contest years from now. The question will be "Who were the pitchers that combined to end Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels' 56-game hitting-streak?"

Wittels went 0 for 4 against Southeastern Louisiana on Friday, leaving him two games short of Robin Ventura's 58-game Division I record. He'll also fall four games short of the all-divisions mark of 60 games set by Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina.

Wittels' chase technically spanned two seasons, though all of the hits he accrued came in the 2010 season.

Now, Wittels can concentrate on trying to repeat on Sun Belt Player of the Year while also helping FIU repeat as conference champions. That is, if he can concentrate while allegations that he and a group of friends raped two 17-year-old girls in the Bahamas last year remain unresolved. The case is not expected to be resolved for months.

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