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Former Gamecock Whit Merrifield breaks franchise record held by Hall of Famer

Whit Merrifield on leading baseball in base hits

Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield discusses his hit streak and leading baseball in base hits.
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Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield discusses his hit streak and leading baseball in base hits.

South Carolina baseball alums continue to rack up accolades on the next level.

Several months after former Gamecock star Steve Pearce was named World Series MVP for the Boston Red Sox, USC alum Whit Merrifield has surpassed a Hall of Famer and posted an impressive franchise record.

Merrifield connected for a hit in his 31st consecutive game Wednesday, a franchise record for the Kansas City Royals. That bests the previous mark of 30 games set by all-time great George Brett.

The record-breaking hit came late Wednesday in the seventh inning, with the Royals trailing Seattle 5-4. With a runner on third and two outs, Merrifield dropped a perfect bunt down the third base line and beat out the throw.

His streak dates back to 2018, when Merrifield led the MLB in base hits on the season. He is now tied for the 26th longest hitting streak in MLB history, 21st since 1900 and fifth longest in the 21st century.

Greg Hadley is the beat writer for South Carolina women’s basketball and baseball for GoGamecocks and The State. He also covers football and recruiting.

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