CWS Weather

Fans head for cover as rain falls at TD Ameritrade Park and sends play into a weather delay.

Rain postponed Games 7 and 8 of the College World Series on Tuesday.

Auburn and Louisville played four mostly dry innings, the Cardinals taking a 4-1 lead at TD Ameritrade Park. But the sky began to spit around 2:10, and didn’t cease the rest of the afternoon. Umpires called a delay after about 45 minutes of rain.

The original plan was to reconvene at 9 p.m., but around 7:30 p.m., officials called it for the night.

Auburn and Louisville will make Wednesday’s doubleheader a tripleheader, and resume play at 11 a.m. Vanderbilt and Mississippi State will begin 65 minutes after that game, and Florida State-Texas Tech will start at either 6 p.m. or 65 minutes after the FSU-Tech game.

Tuesday never looked like a promising day for baseball. Brian Barjenbruch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, forecast rain off and on all afternoon and evening. He was spot on.

Wednesday’s forecast is much clearer, with a 20% chance of rain and a high of 79. Those who held tickets to the Auburn-Louisville game will be allowed to re-enter the park with the same tickets they used Tuesday.

In the early afternoon in the elimination game, Louisville struck in the first with a two-out home run from shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald to left field to take a 1-0 lead.

Auburn hit back in the bottom of the second, when Louisville right fielder Drew Campbell misplayed a popup, which gave Auburn’s Matt Scheffler a double and moved Edouard Julien to third with one out. A grounder from Kason Howell scored Julien to tie the game 1-1.

An inning later, Campbell made up for the muff by gunning down Will Holland at home to save a run and end the inning.

Louisville then put two on base with a single and walk as the rain came down in the fourth. Auburn starter Bailey Horn was lifted after 3 1⁄3 innings, giving up three hits and four runs, with three strikeouts and three walks.

Lefty Elliott Anderson came in for Horn and walked his first batter with the bases loaded, giving Louisville a 2-1 lead.

Two batters later — and with two outs — Lucas Dunn slapped a grounder to second base, but Ryan Bliss mishandled the ball. He threw home to try to get the runner scoring from second but threw wide of the catcher. That gave the Cardinals a 4-1 lead.

After a nondescript bottom of the fourth, the tarp came out and stayed.

So the CWS is officially one day behind schedule, but could get back on track after Wednesday.

Last year, three games were postponed to the next day. Five days featured a weather delay of some sort during the series.

Mother Nature had been cooperating this year. Until Tuesday.

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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