Jeanne Scarpello's phone was ringing at 7 a.m. Thursday.
Softball coaches in northern states affected by this week's winter storm were hunting for fields, and they're hoping the UNO coach could help.
“They think our fields are good,” Scarpello said. “It's an odd situation.”
Some of the schools have found a place. South Dakota State will play its three-game series with Oakland at Westgate Field.
Wayne State coach Krista Wood had emailed Scarpello on Wednesday. She's still looking for a field to play St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth this weekend.
Wayne got clobbered by rain and hail that froze over and was topped with four inches of snow.
“It's pretty nasty,” she said.
The coach finally found a spot at Omaha North. Saturday's doubleheader against St. Cloud State will be played at 11 a.m. with Sunday's twinbill against Minnesota Duluth at 10 a.m.
Wayne is 20-6 and 11-1 in the Northern Sun.
Scarpello wants to help but at the time she wasn't sure in what kind of shape she'd find Westside Field at Westbrook. They planned to take the tarp off the field on Thursday after practice.
She'll do whatever it takes Friday to get the field ready to play IUPUI in a noon doubleheader Saturday and single game at noon Sunday.
“Every game is crucial,” she said. “It's kind of a tight race right now with the top four teams.”
The weather is affecting the Summit League standings, too. North Dakota State is first at 6-0, followed by Fort Wayne at just 2-0, South Dakota at 8-1, UNO at 5-1 and IUPUI at 5-7.
Scarpello said all UNO can do is try to win every game it does get to play.
The Mavs have been off since last weekend. While it's frustrating not to get in midweek games due to the weather, Scarpello is looking at the bright side.
The Mavs have had more time in the weight room, plus more time to do homework and get ready for finals.
“The players are doing a good job,” she said. “They just want to play.”
UNO alumni will be honored Saturday between the two games. Coaches, players and alumni will gather at the Big Red Restaurant and Sports Bar afterward.
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