LSU-Alabama rubber match canceled _lowres

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- LSU grounds crew has been busy this weekend.

The pivotal rubber match between LSU and Alabama has been washed out.

The game was officially canceled at 4:43 p.m., nearly four hours after it was scheduled start time.

It will not be rescheduled, a possible dent to the Southeastern Conference record of two squads battling to stay in contention for an NCAA regional bid and the SEC West title.

The game was set to begin at 1 p.m.

LSU (36-14-1, 14-11-1) is currently in sixth place in the league overall and third in the West. Alabama (32-19, 14-12) is in seventh place in the conference and is fourth in the division.

There is only one regular season series left before the SEC Tournament begins May 20. The top four seeds in the league receive a bye to the double-elimination round on the second.

LSU travels to Auburn in a Thursday-Sunday series next week.

LSU and Bama split a doubleheader Saturday.

The Tigers won 2-0 in the first game, behind ace Aaron Nola’s four-hit complete game, and the Tide took the late game 5-1 on the heels of a pair of two-run homers.

Friday night’s season opener was rained out, and weather pushed Saturday’s nightcap to a 10 p.m. start.

Alabama did not have a travel curfew Sunday, but lightning and persistent rain was too much.

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