David Taylor is aware of the rain-heavy forecast for LSU’s NCAA baseball regional this weekend, but he can’t make plans to do anything until Thursday.
That’s when the NCAA representative overseeing the regional meets with LSU officials.
“For now, we go forward with the schedule as is,” said Taylor, the program’s assistant athletic director for event management.
There is a 70 percent chance of rain Friday and Saturday and a 60 percent chance of showers Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
LSU, the No. 8 overall national seed, meets Utah Valley at 2 p.m. Friday before Rice takes on Southeastern Louisiana at 7. Games are scheduled for 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as well – a total of six games over what’s expected to be a wet three days.
“Tomorrow (Thursday) is more of where conversations begin. We’ll take a look at the forecast and see if we need to make adjustments,” Taylor said Wednesday. “We start looking at the hourly breakdown. We’ll talk about weather scenarios.”
The NCAA isn’t short on those.
Each host school receives a packet from the NCAA of rules and policies for the regional. Included in the packet are 14 weather-related scenarios and several policies governing potential postponements or delays.
For instance, as a general rule, no game should start later than 11 p.m. local time. As another general rule, in the case of a suspended game the remaining game schedule should be adjusted so that there is no possibility of a team playing more than two complete games in one day.
LSU is against moving games up to earlier times on Friday, a work day, because of its effect on attendance, Taylor said. In general, the school is hesitant to move any games based on forecasts, he said.
“We’ve moved games around in non-conference play (this season) and gotten bitten in the butt,” Taylor said. “It’s got to be 90-100 percent chance of rain. We’re not moving a game if it’s 40 percent.”
What about 80? That will be decided Thursday.
The rain chances diminish as the day grows longer on both Friday and Saturday, with the height coming between 10 a.m.-7 p.m., said Gavin Phillips, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Slidell office. Phillips attributes the rain-heavy forecast to a low pressure system stalled over Texas.
“We’re getting a flow of moisture coming off the gulf from the low,” he said. “We’re looking at rain Friday all the way through the weekend.”
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