SEC BASEBALL TOURNAMENT POSTPONED UNTIL THURSDAY
Birmingham, Ala. --The first day of competition of
the 2003 Southeastern Conference baseball tournament
will be postponed until tomorrow (Thursday, May 22).
"After considering a number of factors, and consulting
with our grounds crew, the National Weather Service
and our umpires, we have decided to delay the start
of the tournament until tomorrow morning," said tournament
executive director Brad Davis.
"We have had record rainfall this month, including
several inches in the last few days and as a result
the outfield here at the Hoover Met is saturated," Davis
continued. "The National Weather Service is telling
us we will be receiving at least another inch or more
by midnight tonight. Additionally, our batting practice
sites at Hoover High School are under water as well.
"Rather than asking our student-athletes, coaches and
fans to play 'wait and see' all day long, we decided
it is in everyone's best interest to simply delay the
start of the tournament until tomorrow. The forecast
for the rest of the week is excellent."
The revised bracket calls for four games each day on
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, all to be played at the
Hoover Met Stadium. The "if necessary" games, originally
scheduled for Saturday evening, would be played Sunday
morning.The championship game on Sunday will be played
at 4:00 p.m. CDT instead of the originally-scheduled
3 p.m. start time.
The revised tournament schedule is as follows:
Game 1: Vanderbilt vs. Auburn (CSS) Thurs., May 22
Game 2: Alabama vs. S. Carolina (CSS) Thurs., May 22
Game 3: Ole Miss vs. Miss. State (CSS) Thurs., May 22
Game 4: Arkansas vs. LSU (CSS) Thurs., May 22 8 p.m.
Game 5: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (CSS) Fri., May
23 10 a.m.
Game 6: Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 (CSS) &! nbsp;
Fri., May 23 1 p.m. Game 7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner
Game 2 (SEC-TV) Fri., May 23 5 p.m.
Game 8: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 (SEC-TV) Fri.,
May 23 8 p.m.
Game 9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 5 (SEC-TV) Sat.,
May 24 10 a.m.
Game 10: Loser Game 8 vs. Winner Game 6 (SEC-TV) Sat.,
May 24 1 p.m.
Game 11: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 (CSS) Sat.,
May 24 5 p.m.
Game 12: Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 10 (CSS) Sat.,
May 24 8 p.m.
Game 13: "If necessary" Game (TBA FOR TV) Sun., May
25 9 a.m.
Game 14: "If necessary" Game (TBA FOR TV) Sun., May
Game 15: Championship Game (SEC-TV) Sun., May 25 4 p.m.