Due to a massive rain storm, Ole Miss's College World Series matchup against Virginia has been postponed to 2 p.m. CT on Saturday, the Ole Miss athletic department has announced. If the Rebels win, the rubber match will be played on Sunday.
Play was suspended in the top of the second inning after a lightning strike. Soon after that, the sky opened up, flooding the field. The game will resume with Virginia at bat with men on first and second and no outs.
When I say flooding the field, I mean that quite literally.
Left field looks playable. pic.twitter.com/2WcEFqdE5d
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 21, 2014
There's been no word yet on how this will affect the starting pitchers. Virginia's Josh Sborz threw just seven pitches, but the Rebels' Jeremy Massie was at 28. Sborz could certainly come back if they want him to, but it's more likely they use the extra day to bring back ace Nathan Kirby, who one-hit the Rebs over seven innings last Sunday. If that's the case, Ole Miss will likely counter with Chris Ellis, who was terrific himself in that opening game.
Considering that Massie was struggling with his control and had already worked himself into a jam, this isn't necessarily the worst thing, though it could create problems for Ole Miss on the back end.
If the Rebs were to win, Sunday's pitcher becomes a big question mark. Would Massie come back? Is there any chance of Christian Trent, who threw 115 pitches on Tuesday, coming out on four days rest? Most likely it means freshman Evan Anderson, which is far from an ideal scenario. The good news is that Bianco would have most of his bullpen (depending on who throws on Saturday of course), so could cobble together arms if the starter struggles early.
The big question is, what happens if Ole Miss were to beat Virginia twice? The finals are scheduled to be played this coming Monday, Tuesday and, if necessary, Wednesday. With the Rebs being pushed into Sunday, that could potentially lead to Ole Miss playing seven times in seven days.
Despite all those concerns, the players seemed to have a good time with the delay.