OKLAHOMA CITY — Rain and lightning resulted in an adjusted Saturday schedule at the Oklahoma State-hosted NCAA baseball regional.
At 12:57 p.m. — eight minutes before what should have been the start of the UConn-Harvard losers bracket game — a tarp was positioned over the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark infield.
Ultimately, because of the delay of slightly more than three hours on UConn-Harvard, the evening game matching top-seeded Oklahoma State and third-seeded Nebraska began at 8:36 instead of the originally scheduled 7 o’clock.
In Friday first-round games, the Cowboys (37-18) defeated Harvard 2-0 and Nebraska was an 8-5 winner over UConn. UConn prevailed 10-2 in the first Saturday game, so Harvard became the first team to be eliminated from the double-elimination OKC bracket.
At noon Sunday, the OSU-Nebraska loser faces UConn in an elimination game. The winner of that game would advance to meet the OSU-Nebraska winner at 5 p.m. If another game is needed to determine a regional champion, it would be played at 6 p.m. Monday.
In the 64-team NCAA Tournament, Oklahoma State is the No. 9 overall seed. Texas Tech is seeded eighth. If the Cowboys advance beyond the Oklahoma City Regional and if Texas Tech advances from the Lubbock Regional, the Cowboys would play Texas Tech in an NCAA super regional next weekend in Lubbock.
This OSU-hosted regional was supposed to have been played at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, but the ballpark was unplayable because of several inches of rain.
If OSU advances to the super regional, in combination with Texas Tech being eliminated in Lubbock, the Cowboys would be a host team next weekend.
There is the expectation, an OSU official said, that Allie P. Reynolds Stadium would be ready for baseball by next weekend.