AAC announces USF Softball Stadium as host for conference tournament in May

After opening the season 7-12, USF has won 20 of its last 22 games, bringing its record to 27-14 for the season. ORACLE PHOTO/THOMAS PRETTYMAN

Two series into conference play, USF softball sits atop the AAC with a 5-1 record.

Regardless of where the Bulls finish the regular season, however, they’ll enjoy a home-field advantage for the AAC Tournament. The AAC announced Tuesday that the USF Softball Stadium will host the conference tournament, which will feature eight teams and be played during the weekend of May 10-12.

The tournament will be single elimination, with all games being broadcasted on the American Digital Network. Sunday’s championship game will be aired on ESPN2.

USF students can attend the tournament games for free. For non-students, a tournament pass, which grants access to all games, can be purchased for $14 here. Seating will be general admission.

Scoring a single run in the 2018 AAC Tournament will be an improvement for USF from last season’s tournament, when the Bulls were ousted by Memphis 7-0 in the first round.

USF (27-14, 5-1) has outscored AAC foes 34-5 through six games in 2018. It’s only conference loss of 2018 came on the road Sunday against Memphis, which beat USF 2-1 after a seventh inning walk-off single.

USF will host Houston (22-12, 3-3) for a three-game series starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. in its third series of AAC play. The Cougars are coming off a series loss against UCF (24-13, 5-1), winning one and losing two.

USF men’s basketball’s Malik Martin to leave program

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweeted Tuesday that USF forward Malik Martin is transferring from USF as a graduate transfer.

Martin, who began his career at the University of Southern California, will be eligible to play for his new program immediately. At USF, Martin sat out the 2016-17 season due to transfer rules, but averaged 6.4 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds per game last season. He played in all 32 games, starting seven.

Martin has made no statement in regard to where he’ll play his last collegiate season.

Tenured assistant coach resigns from USF women’s basketball

Former USF women’s basketball associate head coach Jeff Osterman has resigned to pursue other coaching opportunities, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Osterman joined USF as an assistant in 2005 and served as associate head coach every season since. No statement was released by USF, but Osterman’s bio page on gousfbulls.com has already been removed.