goes 0-4, hit steaks ends at 56
FIU junior shortstop Garrett Wittels went 0-4 in
a 10-2 loss to Southeastern Louisiana Friday evening, ending his
hit streak at 56 games.
Wittels has the
second-longest hit streak in NCAA Division I history, two short
of Robin Ventura’s record of 58 set in 1987 while at Oklahoma
Wittels reached on a
fielder’s choice in the first, fouled out to right in the third,
grounded out to third in the sixth and reached on a fielder’s
choice in the eighth. Third baseman Jonathan Pace made a diving
stop on the hard-hit ball in the eighth and touched third for
the second out of the frame.
The Lions (1-0) scored four in the first and two
in the second to take a 6-1 lead. After the Golden Panthers
(0-1) got one back in the eighth, Southeastern Louisiana tallied
four in the ninth to put the game away in front of a crowd of
1,755 at FIU Baseball Stadium..
Brandon Efferson (1-0) allowed three hits and two
runs in seven innings for the Lions with three walks and three
strikeouts to earn the victory. Brock Hebert had three hits,
while Cody Gougler added two hits and two RBI.
Joel Capote had two of FIU’s four hits.
(photo courtesy of FIU Media