But you have to forgive some of the coaches and athletes at CSU Stanislaus -- particularly in the baseball program -- for hoping that Saturday, at least from late afternoon through evening, stays dry. Yes, this is one day when the Warrior baseball team doesn't want to have to deal with the two words "weather permitting."
Seasons of planning, funding and sweat equity is supposed to be rewarded at
"It looks like a 90 percent chance of rain right now," said Warrior coach
Leonesio said there won't be any hailing trumpets or confetti, and no one wants smoke to herald the flipping of the switch, but it is a huge moment for the program.
"It is a big deal," he said. "It's something we've been looking to do since I got here 12 years ago. To see it come to fruition is exciting and it still doesn't seem real even though we've practiced and scrimmaged in the lights."
Fans attending the opener, whether Saturday or Monday, will see a stadium not quite ready for prime time. There are bleachers in place down the lines for about 500 people, but construction on the main grandstand and press box behind home plate isn't scheduled to begin until Monday. When completed sometime this season, Warrior Field will have seating for about 1,000 fans.
"We won't have any kind of ceremony until everything is finished," Leonesio said.
It will be an historic moment for
In addition, with lights also gracing the softball complex,
It also is homecoming weekend, with multiple events on campus. (More on that below.)
That's not only ancient history to this year's team, it's not even mentioned.
"We haven't spoken a single time about last year," Leonesio said. "It's meaningless. We have a bunch of new guys and the guys who are back are committed to winning. We're excited because we feel like this is a new program in many ways with the lights, the hitting facility, the new stands and all the new players. What we do this year has nothing to do with the past."
Softball warms up
The Warriors gave up 39 runs in dropping four of five games during last weekend's Best of the West Classic at
The Warriors hit the ball well last weekend. posting a team batting average of .296, with
Basketball homecoming weekend no cake walk
If the idea is to plan homecoming festivities around the visit of a weak sister in order to showcase and get a win for the home team,
In this decidedly uptick season for the Warrior teams, one in which the women are very much improved and the men are in the drivers' seat for one of the six conference postseason wins, tonight's homecoming ceremonies will be held around the visit of an angry and No. 12-ranked CSU San Bernardino men's team.
The Coyotes will be followed into
At this point last week, the Coyotes were ranked No. 7 in the nation and in prime position to host an
The outcome boosted
In the race to the postseason tournament, Saturday's game against UC San Diego is more important to
Despite dropping four straight games, including last weekend's disastrous losses to
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