USA Softball 2006 Collegiate Player of the Year: Cat Osterman (University of Texas)
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in United States, announced today the selection of University of Texas pitcher Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) as the 2006 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. This marks the third time Osterman has received the sports highest award after being honored in 2003 as a sophomore and 2005 as a junior.
This season Osterman has led the Longhorns to a 54-7 overall record, the Big 12 regular season championship and their first ever No. 1 ranking earlier this season. This marks the third time in her career that Texas has advanced to Oklahoma City for the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
In the first game of the NCAA Regional versus UT-San Antonio Osterman struck out 18 of 24 batters she faced and during the Super Regional she did not allow an earned run while striking out 27 in a 2-0 sweep of Washington that punched their ticket to Oklahoma City.
On opening day of the Super Regional, she tied her own school record for wins in a season (36) and set a new record on day two with her 37th win. With 11 strikeouts in the final game, Osterman moved to No. 4 in the NCAA record books for strikeouts in a single season with 590.
She heads into the WCWS leading the nation in strikeouts with 590 which is an average of 15.5 per seven innings, runs allowed with only 14, hits allowed (66) and has the nation’s lowest ERA with a 0.39 earned run average. She is 37-2 on the season and posted shutouts in 27 of those wins.
“I am honored especially for this being my third honor. It feels good to know that I was consistent through out my career. I was out there with two others who are strong competitors and it really could have gone to anyone of us,” said Osterman. “I think it’s a good testament to all the hard work I put in my senior season.”
“She has had a tremendous season and career at Texas. I am really proud for her. She has been such a great ambassador for not only for the University and Texas softball but also for the sport of softball,” said Texas head coach Connie Clark.
A replica of the award will be placed in a permanent display in the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, along with photos of the winner. An additional replica of the award will be presented to the player’s academic institution at a designated event in the fall.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com