Rain Thwarts Doubleheader Between Crusaders, Panthers


Rain Thwarts Doubleheader Between Crusaders, Panthers
Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Valparaiso University baseball team has announced the cancellation of Saturday’s doubleheader against Milwaukee.

The two teams attempted to play the middle game of the series on Friday, but it was pushed back to a Saturday double dip due to steady rain throughout the day. Rain started to fall heavily again on Saturday morning, and was projected to continue for the remainder of the day.

Per Horizon League rules, teams have a three-day window to play their scheduled series each weekend, so the games cannot be made up. The Crusaders finish the regular season 24-28 overall, 13-15 in league play. They are locked into the No. 4 seed for the Horizon League Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.

Even if Oakland falls to Northern Kentucky on Saturday, the Grizzlies would remain percentage points ahead of Milwaukee for the No. 5 seed. Therefore, the Crusaders will face Oakland in the first round of the Horizon League Tournament on Wednesday in the first game of the event. The first round is single elimination, so the loser will be eliminated while the winner advances to the four-team, double-elimination portion. The game will begin at either noon CT or 11 a.m. CT depending on which school hosts.

The site of the tournament will be determined by the outcome of Saturday’s regular season finale between UIC and Wright State. The winner will host the event. Check back to ValpoAthletics.com and follow @ValpoBaseball on twitter for updates leading into the league tournament.