NICEVILLE, Fla. – Ninth-ranked Northwest Florida baseball opens the 2020 season in Lakeland, Fla., on Friday taking on St. Petersburg and Miami Dade at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CT), respectively.
The Raiders continue play in the round robin event against South Florida State Saturday at 9 a.m. Fans can follow the action online via live stats HERE.
NWF are coming off a 44-12 campaign and a regular season Panhandle Conference title. NWF returns eight players from last year's squad, including All-FCSAA selection Jacob Kush, FCSAA Fireman of the Year Jackson Boyd, and FCSAA All-Tournament selection Justice Thompson.
Five Raiders were named to Perfect Game's Top 100 Incoming JUCO Freshmen list in September. Thomas Whilhite (No. 5), Tyler Montoya (No. 20), Calin Smith (No. 25), Blake Buckle (No. 47), and Mac Danford (No. 65) were all included on the list of incoming junior college freshmen from across the country. In total, 15 players from the five Panhandle Conference institutions were named, with Wilhite being the lone conference player to land in the top five.
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