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Alabama coach: USF softball park 'awesome'



We've heard plenty of USF folks raving about the Bulls' new softball stadium, but the tournament being played here this weekend includes No. 2 Alabama, whose coach said Friday night that he, too, is impressed with the new park.

"It's awesome. A really, really great facililty," said Patrick Murphy, whose team picked up wins Friday by scores of 7-0 and 17-1. "I'm very proud of the athletic department here to give it to the softball team. I know (USF coach Ken Eriksen) has waited a little while."

Murphy has taken teams to USF before to play on the Bulls' old field, but joked that the new park is "quite a difference." Alabama has one of the bigger stadiums in college softball with a capacity of 3,395, but he said there's a good feel to USF's park, which has 700 seatbacks and can accommodate more with berm seating around the field.

"I like the neighbors," Murphy said of the adjacent baseball stadium, which made its debut during his game. A foul ball from Alabama's game found its way into the baseball crowd, but Murphy said it'll be fun to see both teams playing well at the same time.

"It's a good atmosphere to have -- when both teams are having good years, you'll have people up there switching back and forth," he said.

The Bulls get a shot Sunday morning against Alabama, which has games Saturday against Central Michigan and Missouri.

[Last modified: Friday, February 25, 2011 8:20pm]


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