Rain and freezing temperatures have kept Westernâ€™s spring sports from taking off.
This spring has been one of the coldest in recent memory and it has had an affect on sports.
The average high temperature in April is 66 degrees. The average low temperature is 42 degrees. The numbers this year have been far below average.
So far this April the average high temperature has been 47 degrees. That is 19 degrees below the normal high temperature. The average low has been 31 degrees.
The below freezing temperature makes the ground hard and can change the playing surface of a baseball field.
The baseball team has suffered the wrath of Mother Nature. Wet field conditions have forced the team to restrict practice to the outfield many times this season. Coach Buzz Verduzco is getting frustrated with the weather this year.
â€œIt has been really cold this year,â€ Verduzco said. â€œWe never go inside to practice but itâ€™s still hard to get into a game situation.â€
These frustrations are reflected in the Griffons record. The baseball team made the NCAA National tournament for the first time last season, going 31-25.
The team is 15-17 this year and another bid to the NCAA tournament looks unlikely.
Defense has been a problem for the Griffons this year, which is something that can be linked to the weather. Not being able to get on the infield and get in some good practice has hurt the Griffons.
â€œWe havenâ€™t played defense, but we are pitching well enough to win,â€ Verduzco said. â€œWe just have to keep plugging away.â€
The team has hit the ball well enough to win games, averaging 6 runs per game. Errors and other mistakes have cost the team though, and that may prevent them from making back to back trips to the NCAA tournament.
â€œIt will come down to pitching and defense for us, not hitting,â€ Verduzco said.