What’s the old saying? Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.
That’s never been more apt for the Wright State baseball team than this month. The busiest part of the Horizon League schedule has been washed out. The Raiders are scheduled to play Valparaiso today, and if the weather doesn’t interfere again, it will be the team’s first conference game in 13 days.
Wright State has won two of three non-conference games during that span, evening its record at 18-18, but it is stuck at 6-6 in the Horizon League.
“There’s nothing you can do,” Wright State coach Rob Cooper said Wednesday. “It’s obvious you want to play. We were able to get a game on Monday and played an intrasquad scrimmage today. You’ve got to deal with the weather.”
Wright State’s game Wednesday at Bowling Green was rained out. The Raiders beat Shawnee State 12-1 on Monday at Nischwitz Stadium thanks in part to Garrett Gray going 5 for 5 with five RBIs.
A three-game series at Milwaukee last weekend was cancelled because of rain and will not be made up because there isn’t time before the start of the Horizon League tournament May 22.
Milwaukee (14-16 overall) hadn’t played a home game all season until Wednesday when it beat Northwestern 5-0. It still leads the league at 8-4.
“We’ve never had a situation where we weren’t able to go up there and play at least a game,” Cooper said. “They’ve struggled with the weather.”
The Raiders are right in the middle of the standings, just two back of Milwaukee.
“I’d say over the last month we’re playing better baseball,” Cooper said. “I still think we can play better. We’re still making some of the same mistakes. We need to have more urgency in fixing some of the mistakes.”
Softball: The Raiders were swept by UIC at home last weekend, giving them five losses in a row and dropping them to 9-31 overall and 6-9 in the conference.
The Raiders lost the first game to UIC 1-0 on Saturday, giving up an unearned run in the seventh. UIC won the next two 8-1 and 8-0.
Academic awards: Six Wright State athletes were named to the 2012-13 Winter Academic All-Horizon League Teams: swimmers Kile Auckerman, Pawel Grzebala and Mark Johnson; and indoor track athletes Jessica Berry, Joanie Ma and J. Chika Morah.
Special honors: The 2013 Rowdy Awards, the unofficial, fun awards handed out by the athletic department, were held last week. Among the honorees:
• Cooper was named most animated coach.
• Stephen Gossard, of the men’s basketball team, won the men’s strength and conditioning award.
• Kim Demmings, of the women’s basketball team, won for best female hair.