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Garrett Wittels pushes hitting streak to 51 and 52 after marathon day

compiled from staff, wire and Florida International University news

Friday was a long day for Garrett Wittels of Florida International University. A sophomore, who wasn’t supposed to be an everyday player when the team opened the 2010 season, is making history with his bat and now his arm.

Wittels now has a 52-game hitting streak, six shy of the Division¬† I record, after getting hits in both of FIU’s games at the Sun Belt Conference tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb.

Garrett Wittels (FIU)

Wittels took over on the pitching mound¬† in the Golden Panthers’ second game of a marathon day, throwing three innings and getting the win as FIU knocked off Florida Atlantic 18-16 in 11 innings, a game that ended at 12:31 a.m., 4 hours, 51 minutes after it started.

Wittels (1-0) made just his fourth pitching appearance of the year. He got into trouble in the 11th, giving up a pair of singles to open up the inning. But he gathered himself and struck out FAU’s Nathan Pittman and Sean Bukovich swinging, then got Anthony Mesa to ground out to end the game.

The Sun Belt Conference’s Player of the Year gave up four hits and two runs, one earned. He also finished 3 for 6 at the plate with three RBI’s.

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