BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - 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.