By Kevin McCauley
Florida International University today gave shortstop Garrett Wittels, who faces a rape charge in the Bahamas, the okay to play in the season opener on Friday.
Wittels, owner of a 56-game hitting streak, said he is “just worried about strikes and balls,” according to the Associated Press.
Wittels, who is two-shy of Robin Ventura’s record hitting streak set in 1987 at Oklahoma State, is accused of having sex with a 17-year-old girl against her will while he was vacationing in the Bahamas. A preliminary evidentiary inquiry is slated for April.
The AP reports FIU athletic director Pete Garcia saying, "We believe you are innocent until proven guilty."
FIU held a press conference today but banned questions regarding the charges brought against Wittels.