Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • USF Sports Bulletin
  • Joey Knight

USF’s Ken Eriksen earns 900th victory

Veteran USF softball coach Ken Eriksen reached another milestone in a career rife with them late Saturday night, earning his 900th victory with a 6-3 home triumph against UAB.

Eriksen, in his 22nd season as coach at his alma mater, is 900-460. He earned No. 899 earlier Saturday with a 3-2 upset of No. 18 Michigan, the Bulls' second victory against the Wolverines in as many seasons. Junior Samantha Worrell's two-run home run in the second inning highlighted the win.

"When (historic wins) happen they happen, and I get it," Eriksen said a couple of weeks ago. "And it's nice to celebrate it with your university because they've all been at one place, and that's rare too.

"But it says a lot about the teams from 1997 all the way through 2017 and beyond. They're all part of that type of stuff, and they all share in those types of things. I've been fortunate to be in one place at a long time. And all these types of things you start talking about, after how many years in one place, it's just because of longevity."

Eriksen, inducted into the USA Softball Hall of Fame in 2016, becomes only the 52nd NCAA softball coach (all levels) to reach the 900-win mark. Among active coaches, he ranks 19th on the career victories list.

The Bulls (4-0) play host to No. 2 Florida (3-0) Sunday at 4:15 p.m.