Sprinkler malfunction forces 'rainout' of Big South Baseball Tournament games Wednesday

In baseball, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains.

And then, sometimes you have a sprinkler malfunction.


In a "rainout" that would make Bull Durham's Crash Davis smile, the Big South baseball tournament was forced to cancel all of its scheduled games Wednesday at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill after a sprinkler malfunction Tuesday night made the field unplayable.

Charleston Southern, which lost its opening round game to Winthrop, 4-0, Tuesday, was scheduled to face Campbell Wednesday morning in an elimination game beginning at 9:30 a.m.. The game will now be played Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

"Honestly, I have no experience in a situation like today to go by," said Charleston Southern baseball coach Stuart Lake. "So, I told the team that we will make the adjustment, go get some rest and be ready for a really good Campbell team (Thursday). I don't think it hurts. I felt the Big South made the right decision based on the field and the time both teams had spent at the field."

Big South officials learned early Wednesday morning that the stadium's sprinklers had gone off during Tuesday night, drenching the field and leaving the infield in particular unplayable.

Initially, the Big South was going to be play the two elimination games, hoping that the field would dry in time by Wednesday afternoon. However, when it became clear the field would not be playable, the league decided to cancel all four of Wednesday's games.

After the Bucs (30-25) face Campbell Thursday morning, Radford will take on Gardner-Webb, follow by the Winthrop-Coastal Carolina game (4:30 p.m.) and the Liberty-High Point match-up.

The championship game was also moved from Saturday to Sunday.