USF softball now waits to learn NCAA fate
USF's softball team came home to Tampa on Saturday morning, one day after a disappointing 4-0 loss to top-seeded DePaul in the Big East semifinals and one day before the Bulls will learn whether they're selected to an at-large berth in the NCAA regionals.
The Bulls (34-22) have made the NCAAs five times in the last six years, but remain firmly on the bubble as the No. 4 team in the Big East, with an RPI in the mid-40s (44 at WarrenNolan.com). The Bulls' chances could hinge on whether top seeds win conference tournaments in smaller, one-bid leagues, a similar situation to Jose Fernandez's USF's women's basketball team, which barely missed the NCAA cut in March.
"I think we're in a better position now than Jose was with basketball," Eriksen said. "It's not up to me and it's not up to the administration. It's up to the powers that be. But if we don't get in, I might be just a little disappointed."
According to WarrenNolan.com, the Bulls went 0-9 against RPI top 20 teams, but went 11-5 against the rest of the top 100 -- Eriksen might have better luck making the NCAAs as the Big East's fourth team than Fernandez did as the league's eighth.
Eriksen said he won't do too much scoreboard watching this weekend -- he'll throw and catch with his daughters Saturday and focus on Mother's Day on Sunday before turning his attention to the NCAA selection announcement around 10 p.m. Sunday.
-- More on Friday's state shot-put championship from USF signee Kamran Joyer, who talked to the Times' Joey Knight after dominating the Class 3A field in Winter Park.
"It feels unbelievable," Joyer told Knight for a story in Saturday's Times.