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Another multi-hit game for Vitek
Red Sox prospect remains red-hot with triple, double
04/22/2011 10:53 PM ET
Kolbrin Vitek has raised his average 211 points to .341 in his last five games.
Kolbrin Vitek has raised his average 211 points to .341 in his last five games. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)
Kolbrin Vitek is quickly putting his early-season struggles behind him.

The former first-round pick tripled, doubled, scored twice and drove in a run for his fifth straight multi-hit game Friday as the Salem Red Sox held on for a 6-4 victory over the Potomac Nationals.

Selected 20th overall in last year's Draft, Kolbrin went hitless in his first 11 at-bats of the season and was batting .148 after the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He's been on a tear ever since.

Against Potomac, the Ball State product delivered an RBI triple and scored in a three-run third inning, then doubled with two outs to spark a two-run fifth.

Vitek took a called third strike in the sixth and walked in the eighth as he fell short of a fourth consecutive three-hit effort. But he raised his average to a season-best .354.

The 2010 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year made his professional debut last summer in the short-season New York-Penn League and batted .270 with four homers, 30 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 56 games with Lowell. After a promotion to Class A Greenville, he hit .275 with three RBIs and four steals in 12 games.

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