Wittels, a junior shortstop, went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the game, a season-opening 10-2 loss for FIU. He saw a total of nine pitches during the game and finished two shy of the Division I record, 58 games, set in 1987 by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura. The longest hitting streak in NCAA history is 60 games, set between 2001-03 by Damian Constantino, playing for Division III Salve Regina University in Rhode Island.
Wittels' streak lasted nearly a calendar year, beginning on Feb. 19, 2010, in a 10-3 win over the University of Miami. He recorded a hit in every game in which he appeared last season and posted a .412 average. For his efforts, he was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year; he was the preseason pick this season to repeat the honor.
Wittels' playing status was in question prior to the game, due to allegations in the Bahamas that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in December. FIU officials decided earlier this week to not take any action against Wittles. Charges against him are pending in the Bahamas, and officials there do not expect to begin legal proceedings until April.
Sunil Joshi is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.