Northwestern University home baseball games against Michigan and Illinois this weekend have been postponed for health and safety reasons.

A statement on the NU Athletics website says “Northwestern baseball is pausing team activities due to health and safety concerns in the Wildcats program.”

The statement does not specify if the concerns are over COVID-19, but since the pandemic began in March 2020, many college sports teams nationwide have cancelled or rescheduled games due to either positive COVID tests, or due to exposure and the need to quarantine.

The Athletics Department says the Big Ten conference and the schools will work to reschedule the games.

Northwestern was supposed to play Michigan on April 30 and May 1, and Illinois on May 2 and 3.

Instead, the Wolverines and Illini will play doubleheaders at Northwestern’s Miller Park on May 1 and 2. Tickets, however, will not be sold for those games.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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