Cullowhee, N.C. – For a second consecutive week, inclement weather and unfavorable forecasts have prompted schedule changes for Western Carolina baseball. Friday afternoon’s nonconference series-opener between the Catamounts and St. John’s Red Storm has been postponed with the series now set to begin on Saturday, Feb. 23.
Soggy conditions at Childress Field / Hennon Stadium from rains throughout the week, coupled with forecasted rain through the day and continuing into the night on Friday has moved the series-opener between WCU and St. John’s to Saturday. Tentative plans are for a doubleheader, moving the start time up to Noon. Officials at WCU will survey the situation at the field on Friday afternoon to better judge the official start time on Saturday. Even though the field has been covered much of the week, the sheer amount of rain that has fallen over the past week may warrant extra field prep time and could delay the start of the newly scheduled twin bill.
At this time, Sunday’s series finale will remain at a 1 pm first pitch unless the two teams are unable to get two games in on Saturday as every effort will be made to play all three games.
Last week, forecasted rain at the backend of the weekend in the season-opening series against Oakland forced a Saturday doubleheader. The Catamounts swept all three games of the series, outscoring the Golden Grizzlies 42-19 in the first-ever meetings between the two programs.
Off to its best start to a season since 2012, Western Carolina (3-0) continues its eight-game homestand to open the 2019 season by hosting St. John’s – the first series meetings between the two in Cullowhee since 1999. The defending regular season and tournament champion of the Big East Conference, the Red Storm has won four-straight over WCU dating back to the series finale in 1999 and leads the series, 4-3. St. John’s (0-3) is in search of its first win in 2019 after dropping all three meetings at No. 3 UCLA last weekend in Westwood, Calif.
Each game of the WCU-St. John’s three-game baseball series can be followed online with live stats at CatamountSports.com and updates through Twitter, @Catamounts, and @WCUCatamountBSB.
Fans are also encouraged to stay abreast of the weather conditions and updates on any additional game-time changes online at CatamountSports.com and through the department’s official social media channels such as Twitter using the handle, @Catamounts.