TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – He did it and he did not want to take any credit for it.
“How about a no-hitter? You know?” asked Ken Eriksen, the head coach of the softball team at the University of South Florida. “The 1,000th game, the 1,000th “W” and [Georgina Corrick] goes out and throws a no-hitter, puts an exclamation mark on it.”
Eriksen recorded his 1,000th win on Friday afternoon when the Bulls defeated East Carolina University by a score of 5-0.
“To get here after coming here as a freshman in the fall of 1979 and sticking around and, then, having my old baseball coaches here to celebrate this is pretty special,” he said, “and there is a lot of history here at USF with bat and ball game, baseball and softball, and I just happen to be around a long long time so it is special for a lot of people today.”
The Bulls pitcher, Georgina Corrick, threw her second no-hitter of the season and her fourth no-hitter of her college career to help Eriksen reach the millennium mark.
“You don’t want to work in places you do not want to be, you don’t want to work in places that don’t want you and I have never felt that I was not wanted and I always wanted to be here,” said Eriksen, “so it is pretty cool actually, when you look back, I will probably think about it tonight sitting back on the porch having a cold iced tea and going like, ‘Wow! That was good. That was great.'”
He stated that that moment will probably be the extent of the time he allows himself to reflect on his 1,000th win.
“We got East Carolina tomorrow,” he said. “We are fighting for a championship again so there is no time to reflect that much.”