iCASE unites with Knights at UCF

UCF - iCASE players group photo

iCASE student-athletes pose with Pegasis in front of UCF’s football stadium – the Knights won the Fiesta Bowl in January and finished ranked 10th in the BCS standings

Orlando, Florida – On the lone day off of their Spring Training program based in Cocoa Beach, Florida, the iCASE Baseball Academy spent a quality day in Orlando, beginning with a guided tour of the University of Central Florida campus. Next up was a brief practice, and the day ended with watching the pre-game and game between UCF and Florida State U, featuring Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston.

UCF - Joe and Ryan with UCF mascot

Joe McCorkindale and Ryan Wood pose with USF’s mascot The Charging Knight

Winston, the mobile quarterback with an Adonis body, closed out the Seminoles 11-10 victory last night on the mound notching the save. Today, after spending at least a half hour before the game signing autographs for the near 4,000 crowd, the switch-hitter played a half game in left field, going 0-for-3 at the plate.

 

 

UCF - Tour guides and group 1 UCF - Tour guides and group 2 UCF - Tour guides and group 3

 

 

 

Back to the tour, it was an outstanding eye-opener for the iCASE student-athletes to learn how the USA’s second largest student body of 60,000+ functions on a well-laid-out campus that not was not nearly as intimidating as one might have expected, and was surprisingly easy to familiarize.  The well-prepared guides talked about the school’s history, its course offerings, life on campus, finances, and everything in-between.

UCF - iCASE players in stands 1The baseball game wasn’t quite as exciting as the night before, as the mighty Seminoles improved their record to 14-2 with a 17-1 hammering of the Knights in front of a near 4,000 crowd that was 75% FSU fans.  But the iCASE Huskies saw where the bar is set if they wish to play at the college level, and it was sunny with a 23 degree Celcius temperature, much better than the snowstorm at home.

Photos of Jameis Winston below.  The three shots from his open side when hitting left-handed demonstrate his stance, his load, and his point of contact.  What an incredible athlete he is!

 

 

UCF - Jameis Winston near point of contactUCF - Jameis Winston in stance UCF - Jameis Winston loading

UCF - Heisman winner Jameis Winston signs autographs pre-game UCF - Jameis Winston watches ball into mitt UCF - Jameis Winston RHP stance

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