Weather forces more weekend schedule changes
Joplin, Mo. -- Anticipated heavy rain on Sunday has forced more changes for this weekend's baseball series with Fort Hays State as the Lions have decided to have back-to-back double-headers on Friday and Saturday, but pre-game ceremonies to honor the 1987 and 1992 College World Series teams will go on as planned.
With most of the rain this weekend getting pushed back to Sunday, Southern will now play Fort Hays State in a pair of double-headers on Friday and Saturday. Friday's seven and nine-inning games will begin at 3 pm as planned and Saturday's pair of games will begin at approximately 1:15 pm.
The later start time on Saturday will be in place to accomodate pre-game ceremonies to honor the 1987 and 1992 Missouri Southern NAIA and NCAA World Series teams, as well as a moment of silence for former Lions coach Mike Hagedorn.
The 2012 season marks the 25th anniversary of the 1987 baseball Lions' march to the NAIA College World Series held in Lewiston, Idaho. The Lions won District 16 and Area 4 championships on the way to the World Series where they lost to Emporia State, beat Anderson University and Hawaii-Hilo, and then were eliminated by Grand Canyon. The Lions finished the '87 season at 38-22.
This season also marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 baseball Lions who advanced to the NCAA Division 2 World Series. That Lions team went 3-0 to win the Central Region Tournament. At the World Series, the Lions beat Florida Tech in their first game before losing to Tampa and Lewis University. Along the way, the '92 Lions reeled off 16 straight wins en route to a 44-13 record.