Instead of heading home during Spring Break to reconnect with family and friends as most other students did, the men’s baseball team traveled to warm and sunny Florida to compete in the Russ Matt Central Florida Invitational. From Feb. 25 to March 2, the Pilots played ten games in Lakeland Florida as a part of the invitational. The team went 3-7 over the trip. It was the first opportunity for the guys to play competitively this season, and they experienced a several highlights during the event. For example, in the March 1 meeting with Houghton College, the Pilots won a thriller— 10-9 in 14 innings. Dane DeWitt picked up the win, pitching eight innings while giving up three earned runs on four hits. He also struck out eight batters. Ethan Zartman did the most damage at the plate for the Pilots, going three for five with two runs-batted-in. The game lasted nearly five hours. Other highlights had nothing to do with baseball however. “Playing ball in nice weather was great,” said freshman pitcher Luke Pepple. “But the highlight for me was seeing (NBA star) Gilbert Arenas at Five Guys.” The players enjoyed their time in Florida and began to prepare for the season ahead. Next up, they have a double-header against Holy Cross on Tuesday, March 6. Game one begins at 1 p.m. Conference play gets underway March 20 when the Pilots play Grace College.