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Hattiesburg Regional re-scheduled after Saturday washout

The NCAA Regional games for Sunday have been announced. Source: WDAM The NCAA Regional games for Sunday have been announced. Source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A day-long, record rainfall washed out the two baseball games scheduled Saturday for the Hattiesburg Regional.

Per the NCAA’s twitter, NCAA Baseball, second-seeded Mississippi State University (36-25) and fourth-seeded University of Illinois-Chicago (39-16) will play at 10 a.m. Sunday at Taylor Park in an elimination game.

The second game will pit top-seeded University of Southern Mississippi (49-14) against third-seeded University of South Alabama (40-19) at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Those two games originally were scheduled to be played Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

A third game was scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, with the winner of Sunday’s first game playing the loser of Sunday’s second game.

Two games were played Friday, with Southern Miss rallying for an 8-7 victory of UIC in the regional opener, while South Alabama took down Mississippi State 6-3 in the nightcap.

But inclement weather had regional officials crossing their fingers and making contingency plans for Saturday in case of the worst.

The infield tarp had been placed on the diamond following Friday’s second game well in advance of the rainclouds that moved into the area early Saturday morning.

By 5:40 p.m. Saturday, a record-1.68 inches of rain had fallen, and more rain was expected, with a 70-percent chance forecast until 10 p.m.

A 90-minute lull raised hopes of possibly squeezing in one game Saturday, but a heavier front moved into the Hattiesburg area about 3:30 p.m., re-saturating the Taylor Park outfield.

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