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College World Series: Virginia-Texas set for 9:45pm (CT) first pitch after weather delay

This could be awhile.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Mississippi State v Virginia Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The elimination game between Virginia and Texas has been delayed due to weather. It was set to start at 7:07pm ET, but impending rain and lightning led to the NCAA choosing to hold off on the first pitch. It was not raining at the scheduled game time, but it was a good call to preserve the starting pitchers knowing that the rain was coming.

The new start time has been set for 10:45pm ET.

Rain started falling down heavily, followed shortly by several strikes of lighting. Per the NCAA rules, every instance of lightning within eight miles restarts a 30 minute clock before any activity can resume on the field.

There is potential that the game doesn’t take place Thursday night, in which case the most likely scenario is that the Virginia-Texas game becomes the only game played on Friday. The game could take either the 2pm or 7pm slot, but nothing has been solidified at this point.

The Virginia baseball team hung out on the rail of the dugout before the heavy rain and lightning started, but wanted to get in a request to the in-stadium DJ while they waited.

The winner of this game will go on to face Mississippi State, needing to win two straight games to make the CWS Finals. NC State and Vanderbilt were scheduled to play tomorrow in the other side of the bracket, but if tonight’s game gets delayed, that will likely move to Saturday.

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