USA Baseball-Irish Classic Cancelled Due to Snowy Weather in North Carolina
CARY, N.C. -- Due to inclement weather in Cary, N.C., the University of Notre Dame and USA Baseball announced that the 2015 USA Baseball-Irish Classic presented by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance has been cancelled. Originally scheduled to begin on Friday, February 27, the eight participating schools will look to find alternate competition for the weekend.
"Mother Nature and Old Man Winter are still undefeated," said Notre Dame head coach, Mik Aoki. "Everyone involved tried to do everything we possibly could in order to give ourselves the best chance to play this tournament. But for the safety and well-being of all the student-athletes and the people that would be working or attending, it was best to make this decision. We are obviously disappointed, but we will put together a great field next year and hopefully play it in better weather."
After battling inclement weather for much of the last week, the Triangle-area of North Carolina was blanketed with six to eight inches on Thursday morning. Officials from Notre Dame and USA Baseball, felt the decision to cancel the event was in the best interest of the participating teams, who are now free to pursue other competition this weekend.
"We are extremely appreciative of the support of the Town of Cary and the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance as we navigated this situation," said Cody Wilcoxson, a spokesperson for USA Baseball. "Both the Town of Cary and the GRSA worked tirelessly to host a great event, and we look forward to partnering with them on the 2016 USA Baseball-Irish Classic."
For updates on each team's weekend plans, please visit the respective school's website.