The USF softball team (8-7) hopes to add some consistency to its game this weekend as it hosts the Adidas Tournament at the USF Softball Field, Friday through Sunday.
The Bulls have scored 55 runs in the past six games and are on pace to break the team single-season runs scored (407) and home run records (44). But the team has also committed 20 errors and its defense and pitching have been spotty in crucial points of games.
“(Those are) kind of the inconsistencies that are going to happen in the early part of the year,” coach Ken Eriksen said.
The Bulls are going to have to iron out some of those inconsistencies, as they face five teams who are coming off some of their best seasons.
Tonight, USF will take on Illinois (6-4) at 4 and Wagner (0-0) at 6.
Last year, Illinois had its best season ever, coming to within a game of the College World Series. The Fighting Illini ranked No. 22 in the preseason polls, and although they have four losses, three of those have been to ranked teams. Illinois also brings a three-game winning streak to the Adidas Tournament; a streak that includes an upset of the No. 10 LSU Tigers.
On Saturday, before the Bulls take on Rhode Island (0-0) at 6, they will get another shot at the Hofstra Pride (1-4) at 4; a team the Bulls know all too well, when in last week’s Wilson Tournament, the Bulls let Hofstra come from behind and win in extra innings, 5-4. The loss prompted Eriksen to address the issue of the team’s instability.
“(We have) to stay tough, inning one through inning seven. That’s the real key for us right now.”