CMU baseball team dealing with weather at regional
Chris Hanks learned Friday what HUAW means — Hurry Up And Wait.
The Colorado Mesa baseball team never left the hotel for the ballpark Friday, with rain and lightning all afternoon and evening halting play in the South Central Regional tournament in San Angelo, Texas.
The first game of the day, with Arkansas-Fort Smith playing St. Edward’s in an elimination game, was stopped and started multiple times by lightning, each stoppage bringing at least a 30-minute delay, by NCAA rule.
The game that started at 11 a.m. (MDT) still had not finished by 8 p.m., two hours after CMU was scheduled to begin. At that point, Colorado Mesa’s game was officially postponed by the NCAA.
“Unbelievable,” Hanks said about the weather. “We’ve been at the hotel all day. Those two teams never left the park; they’ve been there since 10 this morning.”
In an effort to keep the tournament on schedule as much as possible, the NCAA mandated that the Fort Smith-St. Edward’s game, which was in the bottom of the eighth inning, with Arkansas-Fort Smith leading 15-12, try to resume at 10 p.m. on Friday, followed by Angelo State and West Texas A&M.
“They said they have until 11:59 to start the next game,” Hanks said. “Once midnight hits, it’s postponed.”
However, just before 9 p.m. (MDT), Angelo State announced that all play had been suspended. Hanks was notified late Friday night of today’s schedule, with Arkansas-Fort Smith and St. Edward’s completing up their game at noon, with West Texas A&M and Angelo State starting at 2:30 p.m.
Colorado Mesa will follow at 6 p.m. Hanks said the national office determined the time schedule.
His team wasn’t fretting about the situation, because baseball games are delayed by weather all the time. The pitching rotation won’t change, with JR McDermott scheduled to start tonight against Lubbock Christian.