HOOVER, Ala. – The 2017 SEC baseball tournament is delayed by lightning and thunder in the Birmingham area for the second day in a row.
At the time of the delay, 2-seed LSU led 10-seed Missouri 5-1 in the top of the sixth inning in the second round of the tournament.
Lightning in the vicinity triggered the mandatory delay at 5:59 p.m. The game will resume play 30 minutes after the last recorded lightning strike.
Five-seed Mississippi State previously beat 12-seed Georgia 3-0 in the final game of the first round. Immediately afterwards, 4-seed Kentucky withstood a South Carolina run to easily beat the Gamecocks 7-2.
The SEC will announce start times and a revised schedule whenever decisions are made. Games will not start later than 10:30 p.m. One-seed Florida is also scheduled to face 8-seed Auburn on Wednesday. If the rain delay pushes the start of Florida-Auburn past that time, the game will be postponed until tomorrow.
The SEC tournament schedule was previously pushed back after a 106-minute rain delay in Game 2 between Texas A&M and Missouri on Tuesday afternoon. Several games shifted back a spot, pushing the final first round game between Mississippi State and Georgia to Wednesday morning and the second round game between the Bulldogs and 4-seed Arkansas to Thursday.
The Weather Channel projects no rain the next three days, with scattered thunderstorms throughout the day on Sunday. The SEC championship game is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. The NCAA’s 2017 Baseball Selection takes place on Monday night, so games will likely not extend beyond Sunday night.
UPDATE (6:55 p.m.): The tarp has been pulled. LSU vs. Missouri is now scheduled to restart at 7:20 p.m. CT on SEC Network.