5 takeaways for opening night of the 2020 DII baseball season

The much-anticipated opening day of the 2020 DII baseball season did not disappoint. No. 1 Tampa and No. 4 Central Missouri fell and 17-strikeout performance lit up the box scores. 

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Here’s a quick look at what stood out on DII baseball’s opening day. 

Mount Olive downs the defending champion Tampa Spartans 11-3

One night of DII baseball and the No. 1 team in the country is 0-1. This isn’t a huge surprise as we had the Trojans ranked No. 20 heading into the season, and Friday night showed why.

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Two big reasons we were excited about Mount Olive are returners Joe Mason and JT Stone and both got the ball rolling in the Trojans impressive 11-3 victory. Mason delivered a two-RBI single that Stone followed with an RBI-groundout in the decisive four-run third inning. On the night, Mason finished 2-for-2 with three runs scored and those two RBI while Stone went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBI of his own. While starter Will Abbott didn’t have his best night, he and Hunter Stevens combined to strikeout 13…

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