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College life is suiting Alycia LePage well.

A year after receiving all-state honors at Citrus, she expects to crack the lineup this season at the University of South Florida. LePage played shortstop in high school but now primarily is a second baseman.

"I love it here," LePage said. "It's awesome. I definitely made a good choice. I like everything about it. I love my team, and I love my coaches. They make it fun."

LePage was a four-year starter for the Hurricanes.

She capped her prep career in 2003 by hitting .405. She was among area leaders in runs, RBIs and homers, stole 34 bases and was a solid defensive player. The 5-foot-3 standout hit .350 or better each season and left as the school's all-time leader in stolen bases. Behind LePage, the 'Canes were district champions in 2003 and reached the second round of the state playoffs.

"All the freshmen will see playing time," LePage said. "I can't wait. I'm excited."

The Bulls are coached by Ken Eriksen. The regular season begins Saturday at home against Bethune-Cookman.

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