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Cat Osterman – Professional Softball Player

 

Cat Osterman is an elite professional softball pitcher. She was born Catherine Leigh (Cat) Osterman in Houston, Texas on April 16, 1983. She played high school softball for Cypress Springs High in Cypress Texas from 1997 to 2001. She played her college softball for the University of Texas from 2002-03 and 2005-06. Cat red-shirted her 3rd year of eligibility in order to play on the 2004 USA Olympic softball team.

Position: Pitcher

  • Bats: Left
  • Throws: Left
  • Height: 6’2’

College Career

Cat played for the Texas Longhorns for all four years of her college career although she redshirted her third year in order to play for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics. She holds many career records for the Longhorns and was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

College Stats:

Cat had an incredible ERA of .50 in 1105.2 innings pitched with 2265 strikeouts in her collegiate career for the Longhorns. She carried an impressive 136-25 win/loss record during her four years at Texas.

Cat held the NCAA Divison I career strikeout record and still holds the record for most strikeouts per 7-innings, 14.34. She helped the University of Texas make it the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) three out of four years while at Texas.

Awards:

  • Named a National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-American 4 times
  • Named Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year 3 times
  • Named the Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year 4 times
  • First Big 12 student-athlete to earn 4 Player of the Year Awards
  • Named an All-Big 12 Academic Team member for 3 years
  • Named USA Softball National Player of the Year 3 times
  • Set the NCAA career strikeout record and strikeout ratio record
  • Ranked No. 2 all-time in career shutouts with 85
  • SENIOR: Led the NCAA in 2006 with an ERA of 0.37
    • Finished 38-4 in 2006 with 28 shutouts and 5 no-hitters
  • JUNIOR: Topped her previous UT single-season records for complete games with 31 and shutouts with 22
    • Beat her own NCAA single-season record for strikeouts-per-game with 15.2 strikeouts per-7-innings
  • SOPHOMORE: Set a new UT career records for wins with 68, shutouts with 35, strikeouts with 1,042, and opponents-batting-average at .105
    • Broke the record for strikeout ratio with an average of 14.1 strikeouts per seven-innings
  • FRESHMAN:  Threw the first perfect game in UT history…Had an ERA of .83…Struck out 554 batters.
    • Three-time USA Softball National Player of the Week

Olympic Career

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Osterman was a member of Team USA in both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics

2008 – Beijing Olympics – Silver Medalist

  • Cat pitched 19.2 innings in the 2008 Olympics with a .71 ERA and a 3-1 record as pitcher.
  • Team: Monica Abbott, Stacey Nuveman, Crystl Bustos, Jennie Finch, Laura Berg, Lauren Lappin, Lovieanne Jung, Cat Osterman, Tairia Flowers, Andrea Duran, Jessica Mendoza, Victoria Galindo, Kelly Kretschman, Caitlin Lowe andNatasha Watley

2004 – Athens Olympics – Gold Medalist

  • Osterman pitched 14.2 innings during Olympic play with a .00 ERA and a 2-0 record as pitcher.
  • Team: Leah Amico, Tairia Flowers, Jessica Mendoza, Laura Berg, Stacey Nuveman, Jennie Finch, Crystl Bustos, Lori Harrigan, Cat Osterman, Lisa Fernandez, Lovieanne Jung, Jenny Topping, Kelly Kretschman and Natasha Watley
Cat Osterman USSSA Pride

Cat Osterman – USSSA Pride

Professional Career

Cat began her professional softball career with the Rockford Thunder in 2007 and played with them until 2010 when she joined the USSSA Pride. Osterman continues to play for the Pride along with fellow pitchers Keilani Ricketts, Blair Luna, Jordan Taylor, Chelsea Thomas and Sarah Pauly.

Professional Awards

  • Broke the team strikeout record and topped the league in strikeouts with 156K in her 3rd season with the Pride in 2011
  • Named NPF’s Most Valuable Player (2009)
  • Won 2 NPF championships (2009 and 2010)

 

 

 

 

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