Softball host tournament

Softball coach Ken Eriksen is getting used to playing at home.

South Florida will host its third consecutive home tournament this weekend when it hosts the Game Tournament. The Bulls will play Albany, Eastern Michigan, Florida A&M, Jacksonville State and Rhode Island at the USF Softball Field.

The Bulls (6-4) are led by junior catcher Cat Olnick, who in the past games had a .538 batting average. USF dropped two tough games to then No. 12 Arizona on its way to a 2-3 record in the USF Wilson Tournament. Olnick has 10 hits and five walks in 19 at-bats this season.

Perhaps the Bulls’ biggest competition will be defending Ohio Valley Champions Jacksonville State, which made an appearance in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Gamecocks posted a 3-1 record at last week’s South Alabama Invitational, and are led by senior catcher Alli Barker, who holds a .400 batting average.

The Bulls are led on the mound by Cristi Ecks, who has a 2-0 record and 1.87 ERA in five appearances.

USF will make its first road trip next weekend when the Bulls travel to the University of Florida Tournament in Gainesville.