April 7, 2007
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Ohio State baseball games scheduled for Saturday at Illinois have been cancelled because of freezing temperatures in Champaign, Ill.
The 25th-ranked Buckeyes and Illini will now just play a doubleheader on Sunday, a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning contest, beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. The game-time has been moved up one hour from the original 2:05 p.m. ET start. The other two games will not be made up because of the Big Ten policy mandating the completion of a conference series in a three-day span once the visiting team has left its campus.
Saturday's forecast game-time temperature for the start of the doubleheader was 31 degrees with 21 mph winds that would have created an 18-degree wind chill. Coaches from both schools again decided Saturday morning that playing the game would not be in the best interest of the student-athletes from either school.
Games three and four will be broadcast on radio on AM 920 WMNI. Both games will have audio available on ohiostatebuckeyes.com and be featured on Gametracker at ohiostatebuckeyes.com. Marty Bannister and former OSU baseball All-American Brian Mannino will call the action.
Ohio State got off to a good start in Big Ten action last weekend, taking three of four games from Iowa at Bill Davis Stadium. The Hawkeyes won game three of the series, snapping the Buckeyes' 15-game winning streak. The Buckeyes have won 16 of their last 17 games and are 17-4 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten.
The Buckeyes return home next Wednesday to take on Miami (Ohio) at 6:35 p.m. at Bill Davis Stadium.