LSU regional championship postponed to Monday

LSU's game in the Baton Rouge regional championship has been postponed to Monday at noon.

The Baton Rouge regional championship game has been postponed to Monday at noon.

LSU will play UNC-Wilmington for a chance to advance to the Super Regional round. UNCW would have to beat LSU twice, and the if necessary game would happen at 7 p.m. as originally scheduled.

NCAA officials made the decision Sunday night to push the game back instead of squeezing it in late. The game was initially scheduled to happen 55 minutes after the completion of UNCW's game against Tulane. That started more than three hours late as the regional was once again halted by weather.



LSU athletic director addressed the media and expressed displeasure with the decision. LSU forfeits an advantage that would have required UNCW to play two games Sunday.

"They didn't give me a reason," Alleva said. "Frankly, it's a ridiculous decision. That competitive advantage has been negated...It's a terrible decision by the NCAA, period."

NCAA guidelines mandate games cannot start after 11 p.m., but based on when the previous game ended, LSU could have started at approximately 10:15 p.m. as it did Saturday. There was a threat of rain in the area Sunday night, but conditions were clear when the decision was made.

Alleva said the NCAA baseball tournament coordinator Damani Leech informed him of the decision. Alleva tried to convince him to change his mind but was unsuccessful.

Paul Mainieri did not speak with the media Sunday.

"We should reap the benefits," Alleva said of LSU being in the winners' bracket. "When you're in the losers' side, you should have to play two games today. I was with Paul [when the decision was made], and he's not too happy."

All three days of the Baton Rouge regional were affected in some way by rain. LSU's opening game Friday went into a two-plus hour delay after a half-inning. LSU's game Saturday didn't start until 10:15 p.m. after a three-plus hour delay in the day's earlier game.

Alleva said they did try to move up games on Saturday and Sunday to try and avoid weather, but that was denied by the NCAA.

"That would've been too logical," he said.

The noon game will be shown on the SEC Network. The 7 p.m. was also originally scheduled to appear on the SEC Network.

Fans with tickets to Game 6 can lose those tomorrow at noon.

Jared Poché will start the game for LSU, 12 days after his last outing in the opening game of the SEC Tournament. He's hoping to bounce back with a better game after allowing a combined 11 runs in his last two starts.

LSU will also have its full bullpen available with the day off and Alex Lange's complete game on Saturday. UNCW will play its fourth game in four days, but the Seahawks do have a deep bullpen that didn't get tested much in their 8-2 victory against Tulane on Sunday.

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