As the coronavirus continues to threaten the United States, the Missouri State baseball team’s road-trip to UC-Irvine this weekend was canceled. 

Head baseball coach Keith Guttin told The Standard yesterday that the university hasn’t declared any domestic travel restrictions for its series in Irvine, California. 

On Thursday morning, a MSU spokesperson confirmed to The Standard the baseball team would still be traveling to California and the series would be closed to the public. 

The Standard also confirmed Guttin would not be traveling with the team due to a preexisting medical condition, and his doctors suggested he not travel to California, according to MSU Athletics Communications. 

California is among the states with the most reported cases of coronavirus, including four deaths. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says adults over 60 years old are at an elevated risk for coronavirus. 

Guttin, 64, has spent the last 37 seasons building the Bears into one of the top baseball programs in the country. He enters the 2020 season ranking fourth among Division I head coaches in career victories (1,279). 

Coming off a forgettable 20-36 season, Missouri State enters this weekend with a 9-8 record so far this season. After playing their first 12 games on the road, the Bears opened their home schedule over the past week with a two to one series victory over Maine. 

The Bears split their mid-week games on Tuesday and Wednesday against Oral Roberts and SIU Edwardsville.

Right now, the university hasn’t announced plans to close sporting events to the public. Missouri State baseball returns to Hammons Field on March 18 against Alabama.

 

Claire began as a sports reporter for The Standard in March of 2018. She covers football, baseball, and basketball. Claire is a junior at Missouri State University majoring in Communication Studies with a double minor in Journalism and Marketing.