Redbirds Rained Out Again Wednesday
April 29, 2009
NORMAL, Ill. - For the second-consecutive day and ninth time this season, the Illinois State baseball team has been rained out, the Redbirds' coaching staff announced Wednesday morning. Rain showers made field conditions at Duffy Bass Field unplayable Tuesday against Illinois Wesleyan and continued humidity and overcast skies did nothing to help the field in preparation for Wednesday's contest with Western Michigan.
Both games will not be made up. This cancellation is the ninth of the season for the Redbirds due to poor weather conditions, including two Missouri Valley Conference games. Prior to Tuesday, the most recent cancellation was the Redbirds' home date with Northern Illinois April 7. Rain washed out three-consecutive games the week before against Illinois and the last two games of the Indiana State series. Illinois State was unable to finish its season-opening series at Belmont because of cold temperatures and was washed out in the final two games at Murray State.
Illinois State has had to adjust its schedule 14 times because of poor weather conditions this season. If the Redbirds are able to play all of the remaining games on their schedule, the team will play 46 contests, the least amount of games since 1983 when Illinois State played 42 games in a season. Over the past five seasons, the team has averaged around 53 games played per season.
The Redbirds resume Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend when Creighton visits Duffy Bass Field for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The Illinois State Athletics Department will host a Young TRC tailgate beginning at 5 p.m. Friday and officially dedicate the new stadium at Duffy Bass Field prior to Saturday's 2 p.m. game. For more information on the Young TRC event contact Tracie Brown at (309)398-3636.