Since A.J. Puckett had last given up an earned run, on March 4, the Dodgers' bullpen alone had given up 37. The Clippers lost not one but two superstars to injury. The Republican presidential primary went from a likely contested convention to a rout.
In the history of college baseball, Puckett, a junior right-hander for Pepperdine, was approaching unprecedented territory.
Baseball, a game that requires mastering consistency amid tedium, reveres streaks and the players who compile them.
Joe DiMaggio. Cal Ripken Jr. Orel Hershiser.
And few college players had gone longer without giving up a run than Puckett.
By the third...