UM World Series opener pushed to 9:30 Friday

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News

Oklahoma City — Michigan will have to wait until Friday to play its first game in the College World Series after rain washed out the two night games Thursday.

Michigan and LSU will play their Series opener Friday at 9:30 p.m. (Detroit time) after Alabama and Oklahoma resume their postponed game at 7 p.m. (ET), with both games televised on ESPN2. All of the World Series sessions are being pushed back a day, so June 9 could be the last day of the tournament if needed.

The second-ranked Wolverines are the highest remaining seed among the eight teams in the World Series. This is their second straight World Series appearance and third in the last four years. Michigan was national runner-up last season.

Alabama and Oklahoma, the first game of the Thursday night session, were scoreless in the second inning when the rain began. There were some lightning strikes, as well. 

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"It’s part of our sport and it is what it is,” Michigan coach Carol Hutchins told The Detroit News shortly after the postponement was official. “We’re in the tournament and we’re in it to win it. We don’t care who we play and when we play. We’ll be ready when we need to be. This is how it goes.”

The Michigan players were enjoying each other’s company, Hutchins said, during the rain delay.

“Waiting is always hard and that rain wouldn’t go away,” Hutchins said. “Playing late at night, the kids do better than I do. We have to deal with so many other things. The good news is they called it early enough.

“I made them take naps, because I thought they were going to use all their energy. They enjoy each other so much, they get loose. I never mind a rain delay until it gets extended, so I made them lay down and rest. All the lights were out. What we didn’t realize is that switch also controlled the LSU locker room, so they came over and asked, ‘Did you guys turn out the lights?’ ”

Hutchins said both teams had a good laugh.

She said Michigan will be prepared for the extended schedule Friday.

“Would I love to play tonight? Well, yeah,” Hutchins said. “We’re going to play. We’re excited to get the tournament started. We’ll take whatever it is and we’ll go with it.”