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.
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…