Cat Osterman has been named a finalist for Sportswoman of the Year announced by the Women’s Sports Foundation. Osterman is currently pitching for the USA Women’s National team after wrapping up a stellar career at the University of Texas where she was a three-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
At the University of Texas, she was ranked No. 1 in the NCAA stats in ERA (0.37) and strikeouts per inning (15.5). Finishing out the season with a 38-4 record, Osterman had a total of 2,265 career strikeouts, becoming the first student-athlete in NCCA history to surpass the 2,000-strikeout level. She also set the NCAA career record for strikeouts-per-seven innings with 14.4 and ranks No. 2 all-time in career shutouts with 85. Osterman is a four-time NFCA All-American and four-time (2002-2006) Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year- becoming the first Big 12 student-athlete across all sports to earn a player of the year honor four times. In June, Honda honored Osterman as the nation's top collegiate softball athlete and in July she won the 2006 ESPY for Best Collegiate Female Athlete, her third-time honor.
Osterman put in a dominant performance at the II World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City a little over a month after leading the Longhorns to the College World Series. In three appearances, Osterman threw a team-high 14 innings with 21 strikeouts. She allowed only five hits, one earned run and did not allow a ball to reach the outfield as she compiled a 0.50 ERA. Her 2-0 record during the World Cup was highlighted by a complete game in the 5-1 championship win over Japan. Through the top three innings she accounted for all outs with eight strikeouts and one groundout to the pitcher. She had 11 strikeouts during the performance and allowed two hits in seven innings.
Vote for Cat as the Sportswoman of the Year by logging onto www.sportswomanvote.com and casting your vote by midnight on Aug. 31.