We kicked off our competition in Phoenix with a doubleheader vs. the MIT Engineers. This might be the only team we play all year with guys who make us look like idiots.
Game one was a back and forth battle that was both mentally and physically draining. The game felt like the Syracuse vs. UConn Big East Tournament game. We ended up prevailing in nine innings but I think I had a minor stroke and developed an ulcer in the process.
Trailing 8-5 in the 7th, we battled back to take a 9-8 lead. I guess we were not satisfied with only 7 innings. The Engineers tied the game up and nearly won it. If it was not for freshman southpaw Drew Mixter, we would have went home a loser in game one. Mixter worked out of a bases loaded, nobody out jam with the game tied 9-9. Mixter handled himself like a senior and really showed some guts.
After a few scoreless frames we broke the game open in the top of the 9th with four two-out runs. Brandon Cantrill broke the game open with a bases loaded, bases clearing double to put us up four. The Yeomen were also led by seniors Jeremy Simon and P.J. Carter. I got off to a nice start myself, but it would not have been fulfilling if we would not have won.
Game two did not bode very well for us. We came out a little flat and cruised through the game. The game was close until the end, but MIT prevailed with a score of 9-3.