Garrett Wittels' 51-game hitting streak didn't even last a day.
That's because the Florida International University infielder extended his streak to 52 games with a first-inning double in the Panthers' second game on Friday, an 18-16 win over Florida Atlantic University in 11 innings. Earlier in the day, FIU beat South Alabama, 10-9. Wittels went 5-for-10 in the two games combined.
Wittels' streak is the second-longest in college baseball history, six games behind the 58-game run Robin Ventura posted for Oklahoma State in 1987.
Ironically, it was perhaps Wittels' strong right arm that was of the most importance for FIU against FAU. Normally a shortstop, Wittels took the mound in the eighth inning, tossed three frames, allowed two unearned runs and earned the victory.
The win sent Wittels and FIU to a Sun Belt Conference tournament semifinal game, a rematch with FAU, which was slated to be played Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Dan Mennella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.