UPDATE - As of 6:20 a.m. PT on Saturday morning, UCSD's game against St. Thomas Aquinas has been further delayed due to additional bad weather in the area, to 5 p.m. PT on Saturday night, June 3. That will push both potential title tilts to Sunday, June 4. Those times are yet to be determined.
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Fourth-ranked University of California San Diego had its semifinal game with No. 16 St. Thomas Aquinas College at the 2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship postponed by severe weather Friday at AirHogs Stadium.
The contest actually was started, with an 11-minute delay, at 1:11 p.m. PT. UC San Diego, the designated visitor, got a five-pitch walk and two-strike single to center by senior outfielders Jack Larsen and Brandon Shirley, respectively. Tyler Durna then fouled off three two-strike pitches before being called out to conclude a nine-pitch at-bat, with Larsen and Shirley both advancing during that time on a passed ball. Seconds after Durna reached the dugout, play was halted for a lightning delay.
Within about 30 minutes of that first strike, a rather large storm moved in very quickly, bringing heavy rain, major thunder and lightning, and even hail.
Upon discussion, it was decided between NCAA staff and both coaches, to resume the game on Saturday morning, June 3, at 8 a.m. PT. It will continue where it left off, with Tritons at second and third and one out in the top of the first. With the weather still poor early Saturday, the resumption time was pushed further to 5 p.m. PT.
The winner will have to defeat No. 6 West Chester University of West Chester, Pa., twice on Sunday, June 4. The Golden Rams are the only team left in the tournament at an undefeated 3-0. Start times for both potential title tilts were to be determined.
UCSD (43-18) is 3-1 in Texas and St. Thomas Aquinas (44-16), of Sparkill, N.Y., is 2-1. This is their third meeting this week, as the Tritons fell to the Spartans, 6-5 in 12 innings, in both teams' opener last Sunday, May 28. UCSD won Thursday's rematch, an elimination game for the Tritons but not for STAC, 10-0 behind a five-hit shutout by redshirt junior right-hander Kyle Goodbrand.
Friday featured the same mound matchup as Sunday, with ace on ace in redshirt senior right-hander Troy Cruz (8-2, 4.08 ERA) for UCSD and All-American junior right-hander Frankie Moscatiello (9-1, 1.77) for STAC. Neither figured in Sunday's extra-inning decision.
2017 NCAA Division II Baseball Championship Results/Schedule
Saturday, May 27
Game 1 - West Chester 9, North Georgia 4
Game 2 - Lindenwood 4, Delta State 0
Sunday, May 28
Game 3 - St. Thomas Aquinas 6, UC San Diego 5 (12)
Game 4 - Colorado Mesa 10, Quincy 3
Monday, May 29
Game 5 - Delta State 4, North Georgia 0 (UNG eliminated)
Game 6 - West Chester 5, Lindenwood 2
Tuesday, May 30
Game 7 - UC San Diego 10, Quincy 8 (QU eliminated)
Game 8 - St. Thomas Aquinas 3, Colorado Mesa 2 (10)
Wednesday, May 31
Game 9 - UC San Diego 11, Lindenwood 6 (LU eliminated)
Game 10 - Colorado Mesa 6, Delta State 2 (DSU eliminated)
Thursday, June 1
Game 11 - UC San Diego 10, St. Thomas Aquinas 0
Game 12 - West Chester 1, Colorado Mesa 0 (CMU eliminated)
Friday, June 2
Game 13 - St. Thomas Aquinas vs. UC San Diego (PPD - weather)
Saturday, June 3
Game 13 - St. Thomas Aquinas vs. UC San Diego, 5 p.m. PT (resumption)
Sunday, June 4
Game 14 - West Chester vs. Winner Game 13, TBA
Game 15 - West Chester vs. Winner Game 13, TBA (if necessary)