Steve: LSU loss in rain-shortened game not quite fair
Coach Paul Mainieri’s baseball team dropped their first game of the season 4-1 Tuesday night to UL Lafayette, but it was not a complete nine inning contest. The game was cut short due to inclement weather as the Tigers fell to 7-1 on the season.
“It’s a strange feeling to lose a game when you don’t get to play the full nine innings, but those are the rules of baseball,” said Mainieri. “I never expected us to go 56-0 this season, and there’s no shame in losing a rain-shortened game to a Top 10 team.”
LSU junior Cody Glenn was saddled with loss as he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits in 4 innings of work. Things were going great until the top of the 3rd inning when he seemed to lose command. Glenn walked the leadoff batter and gave up a triple followed by a sac fly for a 2 run inning.
But the question I ask though; is it fair? Why is it that in baseball you don’t have to play a full nine innings for the game to count?
Imagine if the Saints were in Tampa and the game got called in the 3rd quarter because of bad weather! I understand the conditions did not allow for the teams’ to continue on, but why not resume play in the morning?
This is not a frequent occurrence at least. The last time LSU played in a game shortened due to weather was back in 1999. That to was a loss at the hands of Northwestern State, 12-6 in 8 innings.
The Tigers will look to get back to their winning ways starting Friday with a three game series against Yale. The Bulldogs have not played a game yet so they are opening their season in Alex Box Stadium.
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