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Weather has Missouri baseball home opener on ice

By Alex M. Silverman
February 26, 2013 | 3:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team is scheduled to open its 2013 home schedule this weekend against Northwestern, but Columbia's recent influx of snow has put the series in jeopardy.

"We are assessing the situation and a decision will be made Wednesday at the earliest as we continue to evaluate our options," the team said in a statement Tuesday. "We are hoping we can play the series at home."

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A team spokesman said clearing the snow that has already fallen is the team's main concern in terms of playing this weekend's series. MU cancelled classes Tuesday for the third time in four school days because of snowfall. 

A cancellation this weekend would be the second in a row for Northwestern. The Wildcats were scheduled to play a three-game set at the University of Kansas last weekend, which was ultimately called off in advance of heavy snowfall. Northwestern also fell victim to a snow-related cancellation while leading Furman by a score of 4-2 during their game Feb. 16. 

The first pitch of the Tigers' home schedule is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Taylor Stadium. Rob Zastryzny is Missouri's scheduled starter. 

Stark has knee surgery

Missouri first baseman Gavin Stark underwent surgery Monday to clean up the meniscus in his knee. Stark tweaked his knee during the team's "In-Out" drill prior to Sunday's game at Memphis and didn't play the final game of the three-game series. 

There is no timetable for Stark's return, but a team spokesman indicated that it "shouldn't be too long." 

Stark tweeted Monday that "surgery went well" and that he would "be back on the diamond soon."