Freshmen Shocker



April 17, 2014

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By Brian Ormiston

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - Having already homered in the game, offensive line coach and last batter Brent Key dug in as his team trailed 14-12. With a runner on second, Key belted a shot to right-center that was destined to be an inside-the-park tater.

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That was until walk-on wide receiver Jamari Fye, standing at 6-foot and 151 pounds and without a glove, made a highlight reel bare-handed catch that caused a celebration that would rival the one from winning the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

Final score of the annual UCF football softball game: Freshmen 14, Coaching staff 12.

"Just jump for it," said Fye when asked what was going through his mind as the ball came to him. "And this was my first time playing baseball, so the goal (at the plate) was just to get to first base."

The freshmen reached the title game after topping the seniors and then the juniors in early-round action. The sophomores placed third while the seniors finished last. The coaches always await the winner to play for the crown.

Another star for the freshmen was linebacker Chequan Burkett, who put a few over the wall even though his experience with his swing is very limited.

"I made up for some lost time," said Burkett, who suffered an injury last fall on the gridiron. "I don't have a baseball background, we used to have a tennis ball and a stick growing up and I would keep my eye on the ball. But the freshmen are here to take over."

Wide receiver Michael Colubiale also went yard a couple of times, and showed some impressive handy work as the freshmen's shortstop.

"It felt pretty nice to beat the coaches. We'll now have bragging rights until next year," Colubiale said. "I used to play baseball back in high school. It's always fun to end the spring like this and have a good time."

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