Stetson entered last season with a target on its back after a historic Super Regional run in 2018, but the sequel to that magical season was a box office dud.
The Hatters won just 27 games after winning 48 in 2018, finished under .500 for the third time in four years, and lost to Liberty in stunning fashion in the ASUN championship.
The starting pitching, a backbone of the ’18 team, struggled for much of the year, and the lineup spent most of the season dealing with key injuries, including losing third baseman Jon Meola early in the spring.
Needless to say, the 2020 season couldn’t have come soon enough.
“Yeah, we’re anxious to get going,” said head coach Steve Trimper, who is entering his fourth season. “Last year, we didn’t start off so hot, we finished great, but we were one game short of the regionals. It left a sour taste in our mouths. This program didn’t have any targets on its back in 2018 and then it had a huge target last year.
“Now, we have to prove it again.”
Stetson’s redemption tour begins on Friday against Manhattan, and will continue throughout the weekend with a pair of games against Air Force at Melching Field. After plenty of…