Mother Nature sure can be a pain in the rear. Just ask Clemson baseball coach Jack Leggett. Heck, USC skipper Ray Tanner would probably add his two cents as well. The set up Sunday was simple: USC vs. Oklahoma at 2:00 followed by Clemson and Arizona State at 7:00.
Mother Nature decided she only wanted one baseball game in Omaha Sunday. She also figured she would splash in over six hours of rain and lightening delays just for good measure. It was past 11:00 Eastern by the time the Gamecocks and Sooners finally finished their game (4-3 OU win) and at that point both Clemson and Arizona State had returned to their hotels to await today’s rescheduled game at 11:00.
It is hard to say what kind of disadvantage this puts Clemson and Arizona State in. It clearly doesn’t help either team. Regardless of what happens today both teams will be playing tomorrow and will not have the benefit of one day’s rest that USC and Oklahoma are getting today.
However, teams are used to playing three straight days during weekend series so I think it may be a little premature to make too much of what no one on the planet can control: Mother Nature rearing her ugly head.
So now we have to hope MN decides to play nice so we can get things back on schedule in Omaha. It is looking like she is still in a pretty bad mood. This morning she dropping more thunderstorms on Rosenblatt Stadium, though most of them are supposed to be gone by mid-morning.
There is only a ten percent chance of rain at the scheduled 11:00 start time for the Tigers and Sun Devils.
Florida State and Florida may not be as lucky later today. The afternoon forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of T-storms. The chance for storms remains at about 40 percent for most of the day and into the evening. That means TCU and UCLA may be dodging rain drops and lightning bolts too.