Noles enjoying ride in early stages of title defense

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
February 20, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- There's a thousand different subjective words you could use to describe Florida State softball's weekend in Clearwater: dominant, solid, fantastic, the list goes on and on.

But, objectively, the Seminoles left one of the toughest early season tournaments in the sport with something undeniable: an undefeated record.

After beating the likes of LSU, Tennessee and Oklahoma, FSU returns to Joanne Graf Field for a home date with the South Alabama Jaguars on Wednesday. The Jags are currently 4-4 on the young season, having won three of their last four after hosting their own tournament in Mobile this past weekend.

No matter the opponent, FSU head coach Lonni Alameda says she's happy her team is already enjoying the ride.

"We've talked about defending the title and the extra pressure but we've enjoyed the pressure; not many people get the opportunity to have that," she said. "It's one pitch, I don't know who's throwing it, it doesn't matter if it's a curve ball or a rise ball it's a situation. You've got to embrace the moment and they really have done that early.

"It's taken us longer to get there in our seasons and we've done that a little bit earlier right now and it's so much fun to see that they're enjoying it," Alameda continued.

First pitch between the Noles and Jags is slated for 6 p.m.



 
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