Weather delay threatens LSU-Arkansas
Just as they opened the Rosenblatt Stadium gates this morning at 11 a.m. local time and the LSU faithful started streaming into the outfield bleachers, the grounds crew rolled out the tarp across the field. Then it covered the bullpen mounds.
Local radar has thunderstorms approaching from the southwest, which could put the 2:08 p.m. ET first pitch in jeopardy. If so, it will be the first weather delay of the 2009 CWS.
A quick note on today's first game between LSU and Arkansas (ESPN2/ESPN360.com): Razorbacks shortstop Ben Tschepikow, who broke the ring finger on his glove hand during an at-bat in Wednesday night's win over Virginia, was not warming up with his teammates on the field before the tarp being rolled out. The senior is in uniform with the ring and middle fingers on his left hand taped together. Look for Zack Cox to move over from third to short for the Hogs today.
Stay tuned for the starting lineups and any weather updates.
Here are today's scheduled starting pitchers:
LSU: Anthony Ranaudo (10-3, 3.03 ERA)
Arkansas: Stephen Richards (6-1, 1.80 ERA)