March 16, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. - An approaching weather system forecasted to impact Southern Arizona on Sunday has forced a double-header to be scheduled between Arizona and Washington State on Saturday. The first game will begin at 1 p.m. with the second slated for Saturday's original start time of 6 p.m. (MST).
Arizona head coach Andy Lopez, Washington State head coach Donnie Marbut, umpires and game management officials agreed on the adjusted schedule prior to the start of Friday's game that began at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.
Fans that originally purchased tickets to either Saturday or Sunday's games will now be able to use their ticket to attend both games of Saturday's double-header .Tickets to both games will be on sale at the Hi Corbett ticket office beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Due to the altered schedule, only the evening game at 6 p.m. will be broadcast on 1290 AM in Tucson. Brian Jeffries will call the play-by-play action.
A strong winter storm system dropping down from the Pacific Northwest has already affected the Pac-12 opening weekend schedule. The Oregon State-California opener in Berkeley, Calif., was postponed on Friday and the teams scheduled a double-header for Saturday. In Southern California, Utah and USC scheduled a twinbill for Friday, with the third game yet to be determined due to the uncertain forecast.
Arizona has played one double-header already this season, which was scheduled to accommodate Auburn's travel plans in late February. The Wildcats won the series two games to one, but split the double-dip.
In April 2011, Arizona and California were forced to postpone the second game of a three-game series in Tucson at Kindall Field/Sancet Stadium. After Arizona won the opener on Friday, the schools concluded the series on a Sunday with the teams splitting the games.
Later in the year, the Wildcats series at Washington State was threatened by inclement weather. The second game of the series was delayed due to rain, and the series finale was fit in during the evening after a full day of rain. Arizona won two of three games.
Beyond this weekend, Arizona is scheduled to host a pair of mid-week games against New Mexico State on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 5 p.m., and Wednesday's tilt is set for 3 p.m.