December 27, 2010


Wittels charged with rape in Bahamas


FIU junior shortstop Garrett Wittels and four others were arrested last week in the Bahamas and charged with raping two 17-year-old American girls, according to the Miami Herald.


According to the report, the rapes occurred on Dec. 20 at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Paradise Island.


A 2011 preseason All-American, Wittels ended the 2010 campaign with a 56-game hit streak, the second longest in Division I history. He is two away from Robin Ventura's record of 58 games in 1987. Wittels batted .413 a season ago in 56 games with 100 hits, 21 doubles and 60 RBI. He drew 22 walks and struck out just 19 times.


The Golden Panthers are scheduled to open the 2011 season on Friday, Feb. 18, at home against Southeastern Louisiana.


click here for Miami Herald story


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