Oxford Regional pushed back due to weather
A soggy start to the Oxford Regional ended up pushing back the start of four-team NCAA event Friday evening.
With heavy rains expected into the night in the Oxford area, NCAA officials made the decision to postpone the first day of baseball action at Oxford-University Stadium. Washington, the No. 2 seed, and No. 3 Georgia Tech will now meet in the opener at 1 p.m. Saturday. Ole MIss, the No. 1 seed, will play Jacksonville State at 5 p.m.
There will be three games played Sunday, starting with the first elimination game at 11 a.m. Game 6 of the regional will be played Monday at 2 p.m. The “if necessary” game would be at 7 Monday night.
Both Washington and Georgia Tech waited in their respective dugouts for a decision from the NCAA to make a final ruling. That decision came at 6:15. Wilbert Ellis, the NCAA’s representative at the regional, said the call to push back a day was made out of safety for the teams, and fans.
“We have the NCAA weather and then we work with the local weather and the national weather and what happened was the rain just kept popping up out there. And lighting was in there and we can not play when lightining strikes within eight miles away,” Ellis said. “If a team is on the field, we have to pull them from the field. By the time we thought about putting a team on the field, we had rain and heavy thunderstorms and the last forecast was very scary. We didn’t have the weather (at 6) but we had the weather coming in.”
For more coverage of the Oxford Regional, see the print edition of Saturday’s NE Daily Journal.