BERKELEY, Calif. – The baseball game Saturday between Ohio State and No. 15 California was suspended at 3:25 p.m. local time (6:25 EDT) because of persistent rain in the Bay area. The teams will attempt to resume play at 4 p.m. EDT Sunday. Stay tuned.
Officials initially stopped the contest at 1:33 p.m. local time after a 31-minute first inning. Cal scored two unearned runs in the inning and leads the contest, 2-0. The start of the game was delayed for just over two hours because of the rain.
A Few Thoughts from the Rainy Bay Area…
- Oak trees. The severely pruned trees – 11 of them – that ring the backstop and right field line of Evans Diamond are merely oak trees. They are not redwoods or sequoias. One certainly isn’t the Joshua Tree. Oak trees. Fun to look at, but on a hot day they will offer no shade.
- Game conditions weren’t quite miserable at start time, but close. It was 49 degrees with winds out of the SSE at 18 mph and gusting to 27 mph. A bonfire would have been nice today…not one of strange looking and radically pruned oak trees, though.
- The Buckeyes are on spring break but that doesn’t mean that school wasn’t in session Saturday. During the more than two-hour delay prior to the start of the game, the Ohio State coaches took on two teams of young Bucks in four-on-four hoops inside of Haas Pavilion. The coaches prevailed in back-to-back games, defeating the baseball “A” team of Matt Streng, Brian DeLucia, Derek Hannahs and Tyler Engle and then a “B” team that included John Kuchno, Greg Solomon, Jacob Hayes and manager Blair “Be Everywhere” Everhart. Got next?
- Congratulations to Derek Hannahs’ dad, Mitch. He was named Saturday to the District 12 Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He led tiny Skyvue High School to Ohio State tournaments in both basketball and baseball in the mid 1980s. He then starred in baseball at Indiana State.
- Speaking of trees: Cal is the place two years ago where activists lived in the oak trees around the area of the football stadium for more than a year. They were trying to save a section of oaks that were going to be removed so a new physical recreation center could be built. Authorities were patient. The activists eventually climbed down, the trees were removed and Cal is close to completing its much-needed recreation center for their athletic teams.
- Minnesota was trying to get a game in today at Santa Clara. It was cancelled. The Golden Gophers are on the tail end of their spring trip and fly back to Minnesota Sunday. Michigan didn’t even make the trip to Palo Alto for a scheduled three-game set with the Stanford Cardinal this weekend.