Florida State preps for new season as hunted, not hunter

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
January 17, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Last June, Florida State's Women's College World Series title was the final jewel needed in the Seminoles' crown as one of college softball's most elite programs. But, as Team 36 starts its quest to get back to Oklahoma City and defend its crown, it's not old victories that have the garnet and gold excited, it's what's new.

"I think it's a feeling that's never going to go away," said FSU shortstop Cali Harrod. "It's something that, since we were little girls, we've always wanted to have happen, so it's something we're always going to remember but this year's a new team, it's a new mission."

The new feeling of being the hunted, not just by the conference they dominate, but by every program in the country.

"We're gonna have a target on our back but we're gonna play the game we've always played before, that's what got us where we went last year, and just having fun," said infielder Sydney Sherrill.

There has been so much new support for the Tribe, the program is selling tickets this season for the first time ever. It's something head coach Lonni Alameda says is infinitely validating.

"These kids work their tails off and if you're starting to charge for admission, you're pretty much saying that this is worth coming out to watch even though we've always had great fans come out and support anyways," she said.

As the season approaches, everyone with FSU is putting a new spin on the same old mission: winning in OKC.



 
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