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February 18, 2011

Garrett Wittels Hit Streak Comes to an End

"It's been an amazing run," Garrett Wittels said following the season opener. "I'm so proud of myself. I'm about to go out in tears right now."

And like that...the streak was over.

There's going to be a lot of speculation as to what exactly led to the Florida International junior's 56-game hitting streak coming to an abrupt end Friday night in the form of a 10-2 loss against Southeastern Louisiana.

And, unfortunately, all the stories are going to bring up the pending rape charges stemming from that December 20 arrest in the Bahamas and speculate as to whether or not that incident has Wittels in a funk. 

That is entirely possible that the Lions' Brandon Efferson and Stefan Lopez just had the pre-season All-American's number.

Any way you slice it...Wittels' pursuit of NCAA history is over.

Dude went 0 for 4 Friday night, leaving him two games shy of matching Robin Ventura's 58-game Division I record set in 1987 and four short of the NCAA all-divisions mark of 60 games by Damian Costantino of Division III Salve Regina from 2001-03.

"Eventually, honestly, I'll break history somehow," Wittels said following the game. "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."

To check out the interview The Hall of Very Good did with the shortstop a few months HERE.  And in case you missed the video, it was just a few days ago, that FIU cleared the junior to play.

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