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Rain At The Cactus Classic? - Washington Huskies

Rain At The Cactus Classic?

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A few months ago, the Huskies, Bulldogs, Aggies and Tigers all decided they'd travel to Tucson, Arizona to open the 2010 baseball season in the sunny, warm surroundings of the desert Southwest.

Sounds reasonable, right?  After all, the February weather in Seattle, Spokane, Las Cruces, N.M. and Columbia, Mo. is sketchy this time of the year.  The allure of playing four games in three days and opening the season at the spring training ballpark of the Arizona Diamondbacks made the Cactus Classic perfect.

Well, apparently things don't always work out as planned. 

Just six innings into this morning's game between New Mexico State and Gonzaga showers move into Tucson, causing a four hour, nine minute weather delay.  The rain lasted only about an hour, but the field took on a significant amount of water before the umpires halted the game and the grounds crew (with the help of the coaches and players of the two teams) pulled a tarp over the infield.

The two teams returned to the field at 5 p.m. (PT) to complete the game.  The Washington vs. Gonzaga game was cancelled, as was the 6 p.m. (PT) Missouri vs. New Mexico State game that was supposed to take place at a Diamondbacks practice field across the street.

Washington's game against Missouri will take place at 6 p.m. (PT)

During the delay, the Huskies grabbed some sandwiches, conducted a team meeting and several players watched NBC's coverage of the Vancouver Olympic Games.

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