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Title game time hurried by Mother Nature

From staff and Conference USA reports
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< Story updated Sunday, 05.24.09, 8:52 PM >

A forecast of rainy weather in the Hattiesburg, MS, area Sunday afternoon prompted officials to shift the start time of the Conference USA baseball championship game to 11 a.m. ET. The first pitch was originally set for 2 p.m.

Fifth-seeded Southern Mississippi, the host of the event, and No. 2 seed Rice emerged as winners of their respective tournament brackets on Friday and will vie for the title in a one-game winner-take-all finale. [Editor's note: Rice defeated USM 8-6 Sunday afternoon to claim the championship.)

As of 1:00 a.m. this morning, the official National Weather Service forecast called for a chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday morning with the probability of showers increasing to likely in the afternoon with heavy rain possible. The NWS forecasts the overall chance of rain on Sunday at 80 percent.

The NCAA Regional selection process requires that the championship game be completed not later than Sunday.

The game is scheduled to be televised by CBS College Sports on a tape-delayed basis at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Regular season champion and No. 1 seed East Carolina won its tournament opener against eighth-seeded Central Florida on Wednesday, then was eliminated after upset losses on Thursday to Southern Miss and on Friday to Tulane.

View Updated C-USA Baseball Championship Brackets

View Final Game-by-Game Scores & Attendance

PAGE UPDATED 05/25/09 01:48 AM.

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