Winter storm jeopardizes Missouri baseball's season opener

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 | 8:07 p.m. CST; updated 10:37 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA — A massive winter storm blanketing the southeastern United States has put the Missouri baseball team’s season opener on Friday in jeopardy.

Members of the Missouri coaching staff were alerted Wednesday morning that the team flight from St. Louis to Jacksonville, Fla. — scheduled for Thursday — was canceled because of snow and ice. Coach Tim Jamieson said the team is considering two options to ensure they are able to play this weekend. Their schedule originally consisted of a game against Richmond at 5:30 p.m. Friday and a doubleheader against North Florida on Saturday.

"One of the things we’re doing is we’ve called some of the schools around here," he said. "Oral Roberts, Wichita State, Arkansas State. They’ve already got home series, but we’re hoping we can jump in."

The other option is to make the trip to Jacksonville, the site of the North Florida Best Bet Tournament, by bus. The 16-hour drive would be broken up between Thursday and Friday.

"If we do that, we’re not likely to play on Friday," Jamieson said. "Richmond is having the same problem as us, so I don’t even know how many teams are going to go there."

Jamieson said he doesn't have a preference between the two; he just wants his to team play. With only four weekends of competition before the Southeastern Conference schedule begins, Jamieson and his coaching staff needs as many opportunities as possible to evaluate their players.

"If we were to not play or lose games, that's information we aren't getting, and that's experience we're not getting," he said.

Junior pitcher Brett Graves echoed his coach's sentiment.

"We just need to play somebody who’s not wearing black and gold," Graves said. "We’re just ready to go play."

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.

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