Florida Memorial Sports Information
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial University’s baseball team will open its 2020 season with a single-game against preseason national No. 2 ranked St. Thomas University Tuesday afternoon at Harry T. Moore Field.
Tuesday’s game was not supposed to be the Lions’ first regular season action this year. FMU was slated to make a trek Shreveport, Louisiana this past weekend to take on LSU-Shreveport for a weekend series, but inclement weather across the Pelican State meant the games wouldn’t have been able to be played.
Instead, Florida Memorial’s first home and Sun Conference game of the season will be its first official regular season game.
The Lions will open the anticipated 2020 season with a bit of fanfare.
Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill – the only Cuban-American president of baseball operations in Major League Baseball – will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
FMU head coach Florentino “Tino” Burgos said that having Hill throw out the first pitch is a huge deal for the Lions’ program.
“It’s not often you get a person with so much cache in the baseball community to come out themselves and do something like this,” Burgos said. “We’re very excited and honored to have Mr. Hill come throw out the first pitch and we thank him and the Miami Marlins for their support of Florida Memorial University baseball.”
Aside from the natural jitters that along with it being the first game of the season, FMU will have to contend with one of the top baseball teams in the country Tuesday. St. Thomas University, which defeated Florida Memorial in all four of their meeting this past season, has been a perennial power at the NAIA level and enters the 2020 season as a team with the talent-rich roster that one would expect of a national-top-2 team.