Inside his living room in Keene, N.H., Phil Stromgren’s laptop remained open to ESPN3.com as the clock approached 11 p.m.
Stromgren and his wife, Debbie, eight months removed from hosting college baseball’s biggest star of this particular Friday evening, had just spent the better part of the last three hours multitasking. While watching the webcast of the Virginia-Pittsburgh game, the couple also cheered, paced and prayed.
“We were probably more nervous than him,” Phil Stromgren said.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Nathan Kirby jogged to the mound at Pitt’s Charles L. Cost Field. UVa’s sophomore left-hander was three outs away from completing a no-hitter.
Some 570 miles to the northeast, the pressure mounted.
“It was like our son was out there,” Phil said.
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