- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Florida International says shortstop Garrett Wittels will be allowed to continue chasing the NCAA all-time hitting streak record this weekend, despite unresolved legal issues stemming from a rape charge in the Bahamas late last year.

FIU made the announcement Wednesday afternoon shortly before Wittels held a news conference in Miami, where the Panthers will play Southeastern Louisiana on Friday night.

Wittels enters this season with a 56-game hitting streak. He’s two away of matching the NCAA Division I record set by Oklahoma State’s Robin Ventura in 1987.

Wittels was accused in December of having sex with a 17-year-old girl against her will while vacationing in the Bahamas. Officials there do not plan to begin a preliminary evidentiary inquiry until April.