April 11, 2005
NCAA Rules That Northwest Has to Forfeit One Baseball GameMARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State baseball will not be able to count its Mar. 15 game versus Valley City State due to NCAA scheduling regulations, announced by the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee today. All statistics from the game, which was a Northwest win, will be dropped. The single contest against VCSU was a scheduled seven-inning game and did not meet NCAA guidelines to be a doubleheader or one, nine-inning game.
The rules relating to these issues may be found in Rule 5-7 (doubleheader) and 5-8 (regulation game) of the 2005 NCAA Baseball Rules Book on page 52. By NCAA definition, "a doubleheader must meet the following criteria:
1) scheduled contests between the same two teams
2) the second game of a doubleheader must begin no more than 30 minutes after the first game
3) doubleheaders may be scheduled as two nine-inning games, a seven and a nine, or two seven-inning games"
Every MIAA team is affected by this ruling as there are a total of 25 games combined that are lost among the 10 league schools.
The Bearcats stand at 21-14 overall and 9-3 in the conference. In order to fit its doubleheader in with Washburn this week, both clubs moved the doubleheader from Maryville, Mo., on Apr. 12 to Topeka, Kan., on Apr. 13. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m.
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