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LSU AD calls NCAA postponement of regional finals 'ridiculous decision'


LSU athletic director Joe Alleva criticized the NCAA decision Sunday night to postpone the Baton Rouge Regional finals between LSU and UNCW until Monday at noon.

He called it a "ridiculous decision" and added they could've easily gotten the game in. He also said the delay takes away from LSU's competitive advantage being in the winner's bracket.

Alleva's full statement:

"Regretfully, the game we were supposed to play tonight against UNC Wilmington has been postponed to tomorrow at 12 p.m. Now, you're going to ask me why. The NCAA made a decision. They didn't give me a reason. I don't have a reason, okay. There is a guideline that says that you are not allowed to start a game after 11 p.m.

We could have easily started this game at 10:15 p.m. Frankly, it's a ridiculous decision. It hurts from the standpoint that when you're in the winner's bracket, you have a competitive advantage. That competitive advantage has been negated by this decision. It's sad for our team, and it's even worse for our fans. I feel so terribly bad for our 10,000 fans that all showed up here tonight and now have to go home.

A terrible decision by the NCAA. Period. That's all I have to say, and if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them for you."

After LSU defeated UNCW in a 2-0 pitchers duel Saturday, the Seahawks were forced to play an elimination game against Tulane on Sunday.

UNCW defeated Tulane by the score of 8-2, setting up a rematch against LSU for the regional championship.

The second game, if needed, will start at 7 p.m.

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