Feb. 23, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After consulting with the NCAA, the final score of the Louisville-Minnesota baseball game on Feb. 17 has been changed to 7-3 in favor of the Golden Gophers with all stats in the ninth inning now being counted as official.
The game, which was halted due to heavy rain with the Cardinals at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth inning, was previously reported as a 7-1 final score for UM with all stats reverting back to the last completed inning of play (eighth inning). However, according to rule 5.8(b) of the NCAA rules book, the statistics and scoring in the ninth inning, though stopped in progress, are official.
Up next, Louisville will continue its nine-game homestand at Jim Patterson Stadium with a three-game weekend series against Oakland starting on Friday at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the entire series against the Grizzlies.
NCAA Baseball Rule 5.8 (b): "It shall be a regulation game if called by the umpire at any time after five innings have been completed, and the score shall be that of the last equal inning played, except that in the following circumstances the score of the game shall be the total number of runs that each team has scored:
(1) If the team second at bat has scored more runs at the end of its fourth inning than the team first at bat has scored in five completed innings;
(2) If the team second at bat has scored in an unequal number of innings more runs than the team first at bat;
(3) If the team second at bat is at bat when the game is called and has scored in the incomplete inning the same number of runs or more runs than the team first at bat.
(4) By conference rule, or mutual consent of both coaches before the beginning of the contest, a game may be stopped after seven innings if one team is ahead by at least 10 runs."