These games are expected to be played as the forecast calls for 50 degree temperatures following some overnight rain. The infield will be tarped at Ralph McKinzie Field on the Northern Illinois campus.
Lakeland (enrollment 835) just returned home from their annual spring trip to Florida with their second best start in team history at 4-6. Two Muskie teams have returned home at .500 but none have ever come back above .500.
Northern Illinois (enrollment 22,843) is currently 9-7 overall and have impressive road wins over Texas Tech, New Orleans, and a strong three-game sweep of Southern Illinois in Carbondale.
Lakeland is also set to take on Dominican University on Sunday in another double header slated for 12pm. The Muskies are hoping to get the two nine-inning games in but the forecast calls for only a high of 35 degrees.
The Muskies have a tradition of taking on Division I opponents under the direction
of head coach John Weber. This will be the 9th D-I opponent Weber has played
in his 6th year in hopes that the tough scheduling will pay off in the long
run for Lakeland. The theory seems to have worked as the baseball program at
Lakeland has won 3 straight conference titles (only 2 had been won previously
in the 60+ years of the program), earned back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances
and came in 5th at the 2002 Division III College World Series, making Lakeland
the smallest college ever to make a CWS appearance.