Bob Holt is a reporter for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, and a voter for the Heisman Trophy and AP Top 25 basketball poll. Holt has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year three times.
Hogs on weather watch again this weekend
A tarp covers the field during a rain delay before an NCAA college regional baseball game between Utah Valley and LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
There’s a chance weather again could affect a University of Arkansas baseball series when the No. 1 Razorbacks play at LSU this weekend.
One local forecast for Baton Rouge is calling for a 30% chance of rain Friday night, 40% on Saturday night and 80% on Sunday afternoon when the Razorbacks are scheduled to play the Tigers.
That forecast could result in changing the schedule and possibly Arkansas playing a doubleheader for the fourth consecutive weekend.
“We’re going to have a meeting tomorrow morning with our event management staff as we get closer to game time and take a look at it and see if we have to make any adjustments,” LSU Coach Paul Mainieri said Thursday afternoon. “It’s just speculation right now. I’d prefer to not even look into it that much.
“All the weather services have different forecasts. Some say the worst day is Sunday. Others have it equally each day.”
Mainieri said it was Arkansas Coach Dave Van Horn who first alerted him to a possible weather issue this weekend.
“I just got a text from Dave and I hadn’t really looked at the weather today yet, I’ve been so busy with other things,” Mainieri said. “I pulled up the weather channel and took a big gulp.
“It’s just kind of been one of those years. Seems like the weather has chased us everywhere we’ve been."
Mainieri said forecasts change daily in South Louisiana.
“I don’t know if it’s because of the [Mississippi] river or the Gulf of Mexico or what it is," Mainieri said. "But it’s very, very, very difficult to predict the weather here with any degree of accuracy.
“I don’t mean that as a knock on our weather people. In 15 years here, I’ve seen it just change literally by the hour.
“So we’re going to wait until tomorrow late morning before we even address it. We’ll get close to the game before we even take a stab at what we think might happen from a weather standpoint.”
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