May 15 is a date that may stand out to some baseball fans.
On this date in 1941, New York Yankees outfielder Joe DiMaggio singled in 13-1 loss to Chicago’s White Sox. DiMaggio’s 1-for-4 performance was the opening chapter in a 56-game hitting streak that is still the gold standard among baseball’s batters.
You, of course, are currently reading about the Yankees on a website devoted to covering the University of Texas. So let’s segue into a chat about Texas’ longest hitting streaks.
The baseball team’s record belongs to Michael Torres, who recorded hits in 25 consecutive games in 2008. Torres began his streak by going 3-for-4 against nationally-ranked Rice on March 11. The junior infielder didn’t stop hitting until a 13-10 loss to Oklahoma State on April 20.
Taylor Hoagland owns the softball program’s longest hitting streak. Hoagland began her hitting streak on April 29, 2010, and that 26-game run carried over to Feb. 26 of the following season. Hoagland also claims the second-longest streak in school history, a string of 21 straight games in 2010.
Torres’ hitting streak anchored his .354 batting average in 2008. Hoagland, who is the Longhorns’ career leader in home runs and runs scored, hit .382 in 2010.
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