The winner-take-all final game of the College World Series between the Arizona Wildcats and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers has been postponed to Thursday thanks to lightning in the area, and the NCAA’s rule of not starting a game later than 11 PM local time.
The game will be played at 10 AM PT, and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Right now, the game is scheduled to be on ESPNEWS, however that could change later tonight/tomorrow. We will keep you posted.— Arizona Baseball (@ArizonaBaseball) June 30, 2016
#CWS Finals Game 3 will officially start at 12:08 PM CT. pic.twitter.com/YSZhGr64c6— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 30, 2016
Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes there's lightning in an 8 mile radius ⚡️⚡️ #onemoreday #good— Jimmy VanOstrand (@CoachVO35) June 30, 2016
The fact that it took almost an hour for them to decide on a game time after deciding to postpone Wednesday's action is pretty ridiculous. The NCAA should have had a backup plan in place, and putting the game on during the middle of the day on a lesser network is such a waste.
Without a doubt this helps both pitching staffs, in particular Coastal Carolina. Andrew Beckwith, who has a 14-1 record, was not announced as the starting pitcher on Wednesday opposite Arizona’s Bobby Dalbec. Dalbec was slated to pitch on his 21st birthday on three days rest. He’ll at least get that fourth day of rest now. You would have to think CCU will now go with Beckwith, who threw over 130 pitches on Friday.
Johnson postgame said that he may reevaluate the pitching situation tonight. Said rain delay helps both staffs— Ezra Amacher (@EzraAmacher) June 30, 2016
There is still a chance of rain in Omaha for Thursday. This is already the latest a college baseball season has ever gone, so thank you Mother Nature for allowing us to partake in the CWS later than we have ever been able to before.
FACT: June 30 will be the latest a game has ever been played at the #CWS.— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 30, 2016