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Looming winter weather won't stop local teams from playing ball

Posted: Updated: March 1, 2013 06:44 PM

Winter weather may be looming, but that won't stop several local teams from playing ball.

Belmont, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt University baseball teams play at home this weekend.

The Commodores took to Hawkins Field at 4:00 p.m. Friday against the Flames of University of Illinois-Chicago.

"Usually we're still out here. That's one of the great things about having the turf," said Drew Fann, Director of Baseball Operations at Vanderbilt University.

As a former player, Fann knows what the team needs to stay pumped.

"You can see the guys in the dugout," he said. "They get a little more active. They probably dance a little more than usual, and try to pump each other up a little bit."

The team goes through several "warm-ups" through the game, and hand warmers are made readily available.

Across town, Lipscomb University also ignored the flurries.

"We'll play ball," said University Athletics Director Philip Hutcheson. "We've got teams from out of town. They came intending to play."

The Bisons took on the Bulldogs from Butler University at Dugan Field.

While the weather was colder, the fans were fewer.

"It's college baseball season. And unfortunately, this time of year, this is what you have to deal with," said baseball fan Mike Blalock.

Blalock came game-ready and weather-proof.

"I've got on a couple layers and I got my hunting coveralls on, and then I've got my propane heater between my legs. And just trying to stay dry," he said.

And Blalock was not alone.

"It's worth it, because my boyfriend plays," said Senior Julie Shrewsbury. "I'm just here watching him, supporting him."

She brought three friends to keep her company and several blankets to keep her warm.

Blalock and Shrewsbury may have had to endure the cold, but they didn't have to pay for admission.

"We have a policy that says '40 or It's Free,'" said Hutcheson. "So if it's not 40 degrees, you don't pay to come to the game. We're just happy your here."

The policy proves when it comes to local university baseball, there's no such thing as a snow-out.

Lipscomb University plays Saturday at 1 P.M.

Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities play Saturday at 2 P.M.

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