June 2, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Michigan softball filed into ASA Hall of Fame Stadium on Thursday night, in uniform, ready to roll.
Then Wolverines waited for their Women’s College World Series opener against LSU.
Then they waited some more.
Then they got on a bus and returned to their Oklahoma City hotel.
Michigan’s return to the WCWS amounted to a dress rehearsal on Thursday. Heavy rains swept across these plains, forcing the cancellation of both day-one night games of the World Series.
No. 2-seeded Michigan’s matchup with No. 10 LSU will now be played on Friday at a to-be-determined time, following the completion of No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 Alabama.
NCAA and ESPN officials were meeting Thursday night to determine Friday’s schedule.
Oklahoma and Alabama were rained out in the bottom of the second inning in a scoreless game.
Once that game is completed on Friday, Michigan (51-5) will finally meet LSU (50-16).
For a fleeting moment, it looked like softball might be played after the delay began at roughly 6:30 p.m. The tarp was removed, but quickly pulled back onto the field after the delay was switched from a rain delay to a lightning delay.
The lightning delay was lifted, but the rain kept coming.
The latest Michigan’s game could have started after the delay was midnight CT. Once the cancellation was in place, though, teams left the stadium at around 9 p.m.
Earlier in the day, No. 16 Georgia beat No. 8 Florida State, 5-4, followed by No. 4 Auburn topping No. 12 UCLA, 10-3.
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