FIU's Garret Wittels' Streak Ends Short Of Robin Ventura

MIAMI FL - FEBRUARY 18: Garrett Wittels #10 of the Florida International Panthers hits the ball to third base and was held without a hit by the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on February 18 2011 at the FIU Baseball Stadium in Miami Florida. The hitting streak was stopped at 56 consecutive games. Wittels was chasing the all time NCAA record 58 game consecutive hitting streak held by Robin Ventura which was set in 1987. The Lions defeated the Panthers 10-2. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)


Florida International's shortstop Garrett Wittels' pursuit of history ended Thursday. Wittels, who was trying to break former MLB third baseman Robin Ventura's NCAA Division I hitting streak of 58 games, went 0 for 4 against Southeastern Louisiana.

"'Eventually, honestly, I'll break history somehow," Wittels told the FIU athletic website. "I know I'm second place in this, but I plan on playing baseball for a lot more years. And I'll break history another time.'"

"Wittels' best chance for a hit came in the eighth," recalls the game recap. "But his sharp grounder to third was snared by a diving Jonathan Pace, who scrambled to touch the base in time for the second out of the inning. It went in the books as a fielder's choice, Wittels' second of the night, and that was the junior shortstop's final chance."

Wittels remarkable streak stretched through two seasons.

Unfortunately, the junior will now be in the news for different reasons. According to SB Nation's Sean Keeley, Wittels and a few of his teammates are facing charges of alleged rape of two 17-year old girls. For more on that story, click on the link.

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