Florida International outfielder Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 55 games on Friday, coming within three games of the NCAA Division I record in his team's lopsided loss to Texas A&M in an opening game of the Coral Gables Regional Tournament. Wittels picked on a 3-and-0 pitch in the sixth inning, with FIU already trailing 10-1, and lined it over second baseman Adam Smith's glove for a double. Wittels, hitless in his first two at-bats in the game, has hit safely in each of the 55 games in which he has played this season.
His next step toward Robin Ventura's 1987 record of 58 games will come Saturday, either against Miami or Dartmouth in the losers' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. Friday's streak-extender was Wittels' first hit of the season on a 3-0 count. Normally, batters are given the take sign in that situation. But, with the game already out of hand, his light was green. Wittels flied out to right in the first inning and grounded out to third base in the third. Texas A&M won, 17-3.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.