Rain Forces Game to Monday

The New Orleans Regional championship game between the No. 16 University of Alabama Crimson Tide and the No. 1 Tulane Green Wave has been postponed do to heavy rains and unplayable field conditions at Turchin Stadium.

About 20 minutes following the Alabama-UL Lafayette game, the bottom fell out on Turchin Stadium that lasted for more than an hour and left water standing in the outfield and in foul territory.

Bob Braddy, the NCAA Representative administering the tournament, called the game shortly before 8:30 p.m.

The teams will play at 1:07 p.m. (CT) and a second game, if made necessary by an Alabama win, will be played 50 minutes following the conclusion of game one.

Alabama (40-22) is expected to send junior right hander Trey Shields (6 G, 2 GS, 1-0, 3.45 ERA) to the mound, while Tulane is expected to counter with junior right hander Micah Owings (16 GS, 9-4, 3.63 ERA).

Shields has not pitched since May 4 when he allowed one run and three hits in 3 2/3 innings against UAB. He had six strikeouts in the game. He has made two starts this season against Miss. Valley State (4 IP, H, BB, 3K) on April 20 and South Alabama (3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB, K) on April 27.

The 2005 NCAA New Orleans Regional will be Alabama's eighth championship game in nine post season appearances under Coach Jim Wells.

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