COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team was scheduled to play No. 2 LSU on national television Saturday afternoon. Then the rain hit.
After delaying the 1 p.m. game by an hour without any significant change in the weather, Missouri announced it would try to play the second game of its three-game series at 6 p.m. Minutes later, television crews for the Fox Sports broadcast began packing up their equipment.
Columbia weather has been an obstacle for the Tigers at home since the beginning of the season. Heavy snow in late February forced Missouri to cancel its home-opening series against Northwestern and required an extensive snow removal effort at Simmons Field. Missouri's next series, a two-gamer against Eastern Michigan, became a doubleheader after cold temperatures led to the cancellation of the first day's play. Weather altered a third series for Missouri when rain forced the cancellation of the decisive third game against San Francisco.
Weather-related scheduling changes didn't stop when conference play started. Missouri had to play yet another doubleheader, this time against South Carolina, after forecasts for March 17 called for rain. Last weekend, anticipated rain forced the Tigers to play two games Saturday against Tennessee in Knoxville.
So, weather-related scheduling changes have affected all four of Missouri's home series, for a total of 11 games, this season.
Brett Graves will be on the mound for Missouri at 6 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.