Weather conditions cause game and practice schedule issues for Lions

Senior shortstop Brett Guzay waits for the pitch against Stillman University Feb. 7. Several UNA sports have canceled and postponed games due to the recent inclement weather. Coaches and players have expressed the problems the weather conditions have created.

by Sports Editor Dustin Pollard

Mother Nature is not being kind to the spring sports teams.

Numerous games and practices have been canceled or postponed due to inclement weather experienced. The coaches and players said they are doing their best to combat the weather issues.

“These past weeks have been so bad, especially at this time of the year,” said baseball head coach Mike Keehn. “Because of the canceled games and practices, it’s like we’re starting all over again. This is just not baseball weather at all.”

The baseball team canceled its weekend series with Delta State University Feb. 20-21. The games will not be made up. The team also had to move its home game against Trevecca Nazarene University from Feb. 24 to Feb. 25 and to Trevecca Nazarene’s home field in Nashville.

“Last year we added Friday to Monday to get a weekend series in but we still weren’t able to get the games in,” Keehn said. “We thought we could, but the weather really changed dramatically. This year has been more than unusual.”

The baseball team practiced indoors while they were at Delta State. Due to the inability to play a game or have a regular outdoor practice, the team focused more on fundamentals and conditioning, Keehn said.

“It’s hard to get stuff done inside. There is only so much you can do,” said junior pitcher Austin Carpenter. “I like to long toss before I throw bullpen and indoors I’m not able to do that. I’ve never experienced something like this before during the season.”

Keehn said the weather situation hits at a difficult time, especially since he is still trying to figure out the right lineup.

The softball team also canceled its weekend series against Delta State University Feb. 20-21. The team scheduled a game against NAIA Bresica University Feb. 24 before it gets back into conference play against University of West Alabama Feb. 28.

“It’s nice to be able to schedule a nonconference opponent before we play West Alabama,” said softball head coach Ashley Cozart. “It seems like forever since we last played, so this game was important to get.”

The softball team started the season strong with a (10-1, 3-0) record with two wins over ranked opponents. Cozart said the successful start makes the bad weather frustrating.

“We’ve been on a roll, and everything was really coming together for us,” she said. “Every week we try to keep the same routine and the girls really wanted to play.”

The men’s and women’s tennis teams rescheduled the games against Jacksonville Sate University to March 31 and against LeMoyne-Owen College to March 4.

The LeMoyne-Owen match was scheduled for Feb. 24.

Head coach Brice Bishop said the team is working on finding an opponent for Saturday.

“The weather affects us more than the other sports actually,” Bishop said. “Once the court gets just a little wet we have to quit. The biggest thing is missing practice time. You can’t make up a day you miss practice.”

Bishop said at this point in the season he is still trying to figure out the right doubles combination.

“Doubles is where we’re struggling, that’s where we need to get comfortable,” he said. “The singles lineup is always influx but I think we’ve got it established.”

Bishop said the weather is disappointing but he still thinks his team is playing well so far this year.

“It’s been frustrating cause we have a lot of important games coming up and this weather is clearly affecting us,” said senior men’s tennis player Guillaume Dechoz. “We can’t practice the way we want to.”

The football team delayed the start of spring practice from Feb. 16 to Feb. 24.