Rain, extra innings delay SEC Tournament's Thursday schedule; late start expected for Hogs-Gators

By: Matt Jones
Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018
Members of the grounds crew remove the tarp during a rain delay in the seventh inning of a Southeastern Conference Tournament NCAA college baseball game between Georgia and Mississippi, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Members of the grounds crew remove the tarp during a rain delay in the seventh inning of a Southeastern Conference Tournament NCAA college baseball game between Georgia and Mississippi, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

A long rain delay and two extra-inning games have altered the schedule for the third consecutive day at SEC Tournament.

The game between Georgia and Ole Miss was interrupted in the top of the seventh inning by a 1-hour, 54-minute delay Thursday, then went to extra innings after a 1:15 p.m. restart. Ole Miss won 5-4 in 10 innings.

The following game between LSU and South Carolina went to 12 innings and did not end until 7:25 p.m. LSU won 6-4.

Two more games are scheduled at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, including the nightcap between No. 7 Arkansas and No. 3 Florida. A game between Texas A&M and Auburn is scheduled to begin at 7:55 p.m.

There is a 30-minute intermission between games, meaning the Razorbacks' game is not likely to begin until sometime after 11 p.m., assuming there are no other delays. A chance of showers and thunderstorms exists throughout the evening in Hoover, Ala.

A curfew exists at the SEC Tournament and prohibits any games from beginning after midnight but does not restrict what time games can end.

Arkansas (38-17) defeated South Carolina 13-8 early Thursday. The 3-hour, 46-minute game did not begin until 9:45 p.m. because of a weather delay of around an hour early Wednesday.

Florida (42-15) defeated LSU 4-3 Wednesday night to advance into the winner's bracket. The Gators were the regular-season champion in the SEC and went 2-1 against Arkansas during a March series in Gainesville, Fla.

The winner of tonight's game between Arkansas and Florida will advance to the single-elimination semifinal round scheduled for Saturday. The loser will play in an elimination game Friday against LSU (35-24).

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