Nick Romero was an infielder at San Diego State a decade ago.
There was one particular game where the ball never was hit to him, but he still got his hands on it nearly two dozen times over nine innings.
“I just remember being at third base,” Romero said, “and constantly getting the ball thrown to me from our catcher.”
It is customary after a strikeout for the catcher to fire the ball down to the third baseman so it can be thrown around the infield before being tossed back to the pitcher.
“Gosh, how many strikeouts is this?” Romero remembers asking himself. “One after the other after the other.”
It was 23 strikeouts, to be exact.
It happened in a 1-0...