Why You Should Listen: When you think of the best female athletes currently in sports what names comes to mind? Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova in Tennis, Abby Wambach in Soccer and in Softball currently you can argue is Cat Osterman. Osterman once again is dominating in the NPF this season with the USSSA Pride. Osterman is on her way to winning once again pitcher of the year in the NPF as Osterman has led the Pride to the best record in the NPF as they look to repeat as NPF Champions. Osterman has been part of NPF Championships teams in 2009 with the Rockford Thunder and in 2010, 2013 with the Pride.
Last season Osterman announced that she would retire from Softball after the 2013 NPF season. Osterman went on to have arguably her best season ever since joining the NPF in 2006. She won the pitching Triple Crown (only the second pitcher ever to accomplish the feat) and simultaneously set new season records in both the wins and strikeouts categories. Osterman was named All-NPF and tossed two no-hitters.
Osterman changed her mind as on August 4, 2013 she told ESPN.com’s Graham Hays “I thought I was ready,” Osterman said. “And then once I got immersed in it again, I realized I wasn’t.”
“She is a lot smarter, She understands the game even more.” said Osterman’s catcher Megan Willis who has been Osterman’s catcher for most of her career since the college days at Texas. “With her already being so dominant being able to add another pitch (screw ball) just this summer and to be able to learn a pitch that quickly and utilize it is pretty amazing.”
Osterman legendary career began in Texas in 2002 where she would become a 4-time All-American and a 3-time player of the year award winner (2003,2005, 2006) most all-time in College Softball. Osterman held the NCAA Division I career strikeout record until Monica Abbott broke it in 2007 at Tennessee. Osterman currently still ranks 2nd all-time behind Abbott. Osterman is still the NCAA all-time leader for strikeouts per 7-innings, 14.34, WHIP and perfect games (7). She owns numerous career records for the Longhorns and within the NCAA Division I, where she is also one of five pitchers to strikeout 1,000 batters with 100 wins, an ERA of under 1.00, and averaging double digit strikeouts as Osterman would help lead Texas to the Women’s College World Series in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Osterman did not pitch in 2004 as she was part of USA National team that would go on to win the Gold Medal in the Summer Olympics in Athens.
In this exclusive interview Osterman discussed her career, the present with the Pride season and helping the young pitchers like teammates Keiliani Ricketts, Blair Luna, and others. Osterman explain her thought process last season in depth in our interview as well of her mind set moving forward to how much longer she wants to play softball before hanging it up.Osterman also talked about her coaching career as she starting her 1st season at Texas State as an asst coach and challenges of coaching profession while still playing. Osterman also talked about what she would change in the sport of softball, the growth of the NPF, Her future in Softball and who best hitter Osterman has faced and much more.
Cat Osterman on Sportstalk 1080 Insiders Show :
Osterman by the Numbers :
1-Monica Abbott- 2,440 (2004-2007- Tennessee ) Currently in NPF with Chicago Bandits.
2- Cat Osterman – 2,265 ( 2002-2006-Texas) Currently in NPF with USSSA Pride.
3- Angela Tincher- 2, 149 (2005-2008- Virginia Tech)
4- Danielle Lawrie- 1,860 (2006-2009- Washington) Currently with USSSA Pride.
Keiliani Ricketts who is with the USSSA Pride currently ranks 11th all-time on the list with 1,605 during her career at Oklahoma (07-10).
- Texas Longhorns
2014 Season Stats as of July 24, 2014 :
Wins – 11 Losses – 0 ERA – 0.42 WHIP – 0.76 K- 104 BB -20 IP – 66 ER-4 Hits- 30
Osterman Rankings in NCAA History :
- 2,265 career NCAA Division I strikeouts (2nd all-time)
- 14.34 NCAA strikeouts per 7 innings (1st all-time)
- 3 time NCAA Division I Player of the Year 2003,2005,2006 (1st all-time)
- 136 career NCAA Division I wins (6th all-time)
- 0.50 Career ERA NCAA Division I ( Top 12 all-time)
- 85 career NCAA Division I shutouts (third all-time)
- 20 career NCAA Division I no-hitters (third all-time)
- 7 career NCAA Division I perfect games (1st all-time)
- 4 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Awards (1st all-time)
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