NCAA softball schedule likely to change

Friday, May 20, 2011 | 1:12 p.m. CDT

The NCAA is anticipating scheduling changes for this weekend’s softball regional tournament due to rain in the forecast.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Laura Kanofsky said showers will be in the area around 2 p.m. and will last for at least a couple hours.

“It looks like different periods of dry weather with thunderstorms on and off,” she said.

Kanofsky said the forecast for the weekend is not promising for outdoor activities and will be difficult to plan around. She said the forecast is calling for different waves of thunderstorms Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon and most of the day Sunday.

Donna Martin, the site representative for the NCAA, said she is prepared to adjust the schedule of games as the weather comes. 

“If it’s one game [that’s affected], the games committee will get together, and we’ll decide what the best plan of action is going to be looking forward into the next day as far as how the weather might impact the next day,” Martin said.  “If it’s going to be bad in the morning, we’ll pick it up as soon as we possibly can, but there’s no definitive answer really.”

Due to the nature of the double-elimination tournament, the games must be played in the order that they are scheduled. With games scheduled on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the NCAA is prepared to push games to Monday if necessary. 

“If we absolutely have to, we will,” Martin said.  “But let’s hope that doesn’t come to fruition.”

A small number of tickets are still available for all of this weekend’s games. Ticket prices for a single day of action range from $10-$18 and all-session passes range from $15-$50. 

The regional is  scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday when Indiana takes on DePaul. MU plays its first regional game at 6:30 p.m. against Illinois State.

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Mick Lovin May 20, 2011 | 3:32 p.m.

This is a beautifully written piece. Very informative. Well done!

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