A heavy rainstorm full of wind and lightening forced NCAA officials to call off Wednesday night’s CWS elimination game between South Carolina and Kent State. The rain held off all day but began to fall around 5:30 PM. It continued on and off throughout the early evening hours, and with the prospect for more rain into the night, the decision was made to hold the game off until Thursday.
That means a triple-header of baseball is set for today at TD Ameritrade Park. South Carolina and Kent State will play at 11 AM. At 4 PM, Florida State takes on Arizona. And at 8:00 PM, the winner of the first game will play Arkansas.
South Carolina coach Ray Tanner announced senior lefthander Michael Roth as his starter late Wednesday night making a switch from freshman lefthander Jordan Montgomery.
Kent State coach Scott Stricklin said he is sticking with his original plan and will start RHP Tyler Skulina.
The delay also allows Kent State to get reserve catcher and DH Jason Bagoly back in uniform. He flew home to Ohio Tuesday to attend his mother’s funeral. She passed away unexpectedly Thursday. Bagoly stayed with the team and was inserted into the lineup against Florida as the DH and had two hits and a sacrifice bunt.