BRAD LOCKE: Another long night at the park

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Oh, Mississippi State is playing postseason baseball? It must mean really late nights.
MSU had a lot of late nights during the SEC Tournament, and it had another one Sunday at this NCAA super regional against Virginia.
The No. 14-ranked Bulldogs were trying to finish off a Game 2 win when rain and lightning cleared Davenport Field, causing a lengthy delay that blew up the Daily Journal’s (and many others’) print deadline.
Got you covered at DJournal.com, though.
There was a 22-minute rain delay in the second inning, but then play resumed, and MSU opened up a 5-1 lead thanks in part to Wes Rea’s two-run homer, his seventh of the year.
Virginia cut the lead to 5-3, but State was six outs away from clinching a trip to the College World Series when a big line of storms moved in. MSU was batting in the bottom of the seventh with no outs.
And so it was another long night at the ballpark, and I blame my boss, John L. Pitts. He’d said the day before that he didn’t foresee any deadline issues Sunday night.
Don’t challenge the Deadline Monkey like that, John. Just don’t.
The game began at 6 p.m. Central, so this was a different issue than what we experienced during the SEC Tournament. Because of its seeding, MSU drew the late game there for three consecutive days. The first game, against Missouri, went 17 innings.
The next two went nine innings but started very late, including an 8:45 p.m. first pitch against Texas A&M.
We had no issues during the Starkville Regional, but I suppose the Deadline Monkey was just taking a few days off. He’s back with a vengeance.
Brad Locke (brad.locke@journalinc.com) covers Mississippi State for the Daily Journal and blogs daily at DJournal.com.