FIU All-American infielder Garrett Wittels has been selected as an ESPY nominee in the Best Male College Athlete category. Wittels finished the 2010 season with a 56-game hitting streak, second all-time in Division I baseball to Robin Ventura who hit safely in 58-straight games in 1987. Wittels’ hitting streak has him tied with Joe DiMaggio. The streak will continue at the start of the 2011 season.
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“This is an unbelievable honor to be nominated for an ESPY,” said Wittels. “I never dreamed that I would be up for such a prestigious award. This wouldn’t be possible without help from my teammates, coaches and my family. Each and everyone one of them is a big part of this and I want to thank them for everything.”
Wittels was honored by Baseball America, Louisville Slugger and PING! Baseball as an All-American after hitting .412 with an FIU record 100 hits along with team-highs in doubles (21) and RBI (60). Wittels and his teammates captured the 2010 Sun Belt Tournament Championship for the first time since 1999.
The ESPYs take place on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 p.m. at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will be hosted by Saturday Night Lives’ Seth Meyers. Tune in LIVE on Wednesday, July 14 on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET to see Garrett take home the ESPY.
Watch this video for the story of Wittels remarkable season: