Hilligoss Hits In Record Streak

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Mitch Hilligoss has continued the hitting prowess Boilermaker fans were accustomed to with a record-setting 36-game hitting streak for the Charleston RiverDogs.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Mitch Hilligoss has continued the hitting prowess Boilermaker fans were accustomed to with a record-setting 36-game hitting streak for the Charleston RiverDogs.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

May 30, 2007

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sometimes the biggest hits come in the smallest of ways.

Mitch Hilligoss bunted for a single in the seventh inning of Wednesday evening's game between the Charleston RiverDogs and the Columbus Catfish, giving the former Purdue Boilermaker a 36-game hitting streak.

The streak, which began on April 18 with a second-inning single, is the longest streak in the history of the Class-A South Atlantic League. Hilligoss' streak is also the second-longest streak in the minor leagues over the last 20 years, one game behind the 37-game streak by Joey Cora in 1999.

During the current record-setting streak, Hilligoss has batted .359 (55-for-153) with 11 doubles, one triple, 29 runs score and 15 RBI.

Hilligoss was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten shortstop with Purdue in 2005 and 2006, and was selected in the sixth round of the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees.

The Windsor, Ill., native earned All-America honors in 2005 when he batted .404, the top batting average in the Big Ten Conference that season.

The former SAL record of 35 consecutive games with a hit was established in 1999 by Greensboro's Scott Seabol, a product of West Virginia University who made his Major League debut in 2001 with the New York Yankees.

The minor league record hitting streak is 61 games by Joe DiMaggio in 1933 for San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League.