Baseball rained out for 9th time

by Derek Wetmore

Today’s scheduled Gophers-SDSU game has been cancelled due to rain. The game was already a rescheduled match originally set for last Wednesday but the rain left Siebert field in poor condition last week as well.

This time the game will not be rescheduled but the two teams are still scheduled to play tomorrow at the Jackrabbits’ home field in Brookings, S.D. The game will be a family reunion of sorts for the Oakes family, with father Todd and son TJ on the Gophers, and eldest son Tyler serving as the pitching coach for SDSU.

One representative for the team said it’s starting to feel like Mother Nature plans special surprises any time there is a Gophers baseball game on the calendar. In the first season in nearly thirty years in which the Metrodome is unavailable, Minnesota (6-6 Big Ten) has had nine rainouts and a swarm of cancelled and relocated tournaments.

The Gophers will open a three-game series Friday at Target Field against Iowa and currently the weather is expected to be much more palatable for the opener. As always, student tickets are free with a valid U card. Saturday and Sunday, however, are currently pegged for a 70 percent and 40 percent chance of precipitation, respectively.