Panthers and hitting streak come to Jonesboro

Jonesboro (KAIT) - There will be a lot more on the line than just the Sun Belt standings when FIU comes to town this weekend.

Panthers infielder Garrett Wittels extended his nation-leading hitting streak to 39 games Wednesday night, hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Golden Panthers' game against Bethune-Cookman.

Wittels has recorded a hit in every game he's batted in this season, and now is the outright holder of the 10th-longest streak in NCAA Division I history. Florida State's Shane Robinson(2004-05) and Houston's Brandon Caraway (1998-99) are tied for eighth on that list, each with a 40-game streak. Wittels has already set both school and Sun Belt Conference hitting-streak records.

His next chance to extend the streak comes Friday, when he and FIU come to Arkansas State for a weekend series. Gametimes are Friday at 6pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at 12pm.

The Red Wolves enter the series 24-20, 12-9 in the Sun Belt.