FIU’s Wittels within 9 games of tying Ventura’s streak

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Florida International’s Garrett Wittels extended his hitting streak to 49 games Wednesday with a leadoff double in the ninth inning of a 7-1 loss to South Alabama.

The infielder is within nine games of tying the record set 23 seasons ago by Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura. Wittels already has the second-longest streak in Division I history.

Wittels was hitless in his first three at-bats Wednesday, then kept the streak going with a fly ball over the head of South Alabama right fielder Sean Laird during the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament

Wittels’ chance for a 50-game streak comes Thursday, when FIU plays in an elimination game.