The weather got the better of everyone Wednesday night in Omaha.
A heavy rainstorm full of wind and lightening forced NCAA officials to call off Wednesday night’s CWS elimination game between USC and Kent State. The rain held off all day but began to fall around 6:30 PM Eastern. It continued on and off throughout the early evening hours, and with the prospect for more rain into the night, the decision was made to hold the game off until Thursday.
That means a triple-header of baseball is set for TD Ameritrade Park. USC and Kent State will play at Noon Eastern. At 5:00 PM, Florida State takes on Arizona. And at 9:00 PM, the winner of the USC-Kent State game will play Arkansas.
The USC-Kent State game will be televised on ESPN2.
Gamecock coach Ray Tanner was undecided about his starting pitcher for Thursday. Freshman lefthander Jordan Montgomery was scheduled to start Wednesday night, but with Michael Roth getting a fourth day of rest, Tanner said he’s contemplating going with his senior ace.
Kent State coach Scott Stricklin had no such hesitation. He said he is sticking with his original plan and will start RHP Tyler Skulina.
The delay also allows Kent State to get reserve catcher and DH Jason Bagoly back in uniform. He flew home to Ohio Tuesday to attend his mother’s funeral. She passed away unexpectedly Thursday. Bagoly stayed with the team and was inserted into the lineup against Florida as the DH and had two hits and a sacrifice bunt.
AUDIO: Ray Tanner [3:51]
AUDIO: Scott Stricklin [2:50]
This is the second time this post-season that USC has had rain interfere with the schedule. Their 5-1 win over Oklahoma to win the Super Regional in Columbia started on a Sunday but had to be completed on Monday due to a rain delay.