Jenkins Extends Streak, Adds Nomination

West Virginia's Justin Jenkins, who has fashioned a 38-game hitting streak, has earned a nomination for a national award.

Jenkins is one of 50 college baseball players to be named to the Dick Howser Trophy watch list by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The hoswer Trophy is presented to the best collegiate baseball player in the country.

Jenkins has been rewriting the West Virginia record books since he arrived on campus in 2005. The left fielder boasts the 10th longest hitting streak in NCAA baseball history (38 games). He also is the WVU record holder for most career doubles (69), most career total bases (411), most consecutive multi-hit games (8) and most base hits in a season (94 in 2006).

This season, Jenkins leads the Big East with an impressive .428 batting average and also with 21 doubles. The left fielder is only seven doubles away from breaking the school record for most doubles in a single season.

The Ridgeley, W.Va. native was named preseason second team All-America by Collegiate Baseball in 2007. He has also received other honors including preseason all-Big East in 2007, first team all-Big East in 2006 and ABCA all-East Region in 2006.

Jenkins' 38-game hit streak ties him with Nebraska's Francis Collins (1996), Fresno St.'s Josh Hannah (1997) and Cal St. Fullerton's Brent Mayne (1988) for 10th all-time in NCAA history. Former Oklahoma State great Robin Ventura holds the all-time record with an incredible 58-game hit streak in 1987.

The next two targets on Jenkins list are Shane Robinson of Florida State and Brandon Caraway of Houston, who both had 40-game streaks.


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