Osterman Named Sports Woman of the Year
NEW YORK, N.Y. – USA Softball pitcher Cat Osterman was honored as the Sportswoman of the Year in a team sport by the Women's Sports Foundation on Monday, Oct. 17. She was recognized as the award winner at a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday morning and will be formally honored at Monday evening's 26th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Dinner.
With the honor, Osterman becomes the first-ever active collegian to be honored as the top female athlete.
The Women's Sports Foundation selects the annual Sportswoman of the Year based on the following criteria:
“Every athlete has at least one crowning moment in her career when she feels completely invincible. A truly exceptional athlete has many such moments throughout her athletic career. When a series of high points comes in a particular year, the athlete earns a special distinction of being eligible for the Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Award. Each year, champions in the individual category and team sport category are honored for extraordinary performances that distinguish them from their peers.
Athletes were considered for the award based on their athletic achievements between August 1, 2004, and July 31, 2005. Athletes are nominated by sport governing bodies and the public. The winners are determined by voting members of the Women's Sports Foundation and its Awards Committee. “
“I am grateful for this award and the opportunities that I have been blessed with,” Osterman stated. “I appreciate the Women's Sports Foundation honoring my career and believing in my future as an athlete.”
In August of 2004, Osterman was not only the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic softball team and the lone collegian, but also one-fourth of a pitching rotation the helped lead the United States to its third-straight gold medal. Within a week following her Olympic experience, she was back on campus in Austin, defending her reputation as the top pitcher in college softball.
The Texas southpaw led her team to a third-place finish at the 2005 Women's College World Series for the second time in three seasons. The UT Intercollegiate Athletics Department honored Osterman with its highest endowed scholarship honor - the V.F. “Doc” Neuhaus Endowed Presidential Scholarship - which pays tribute to both athleticism and academic performance.
Throughout the 2005 season, Osterman was also recognized for her individual contributions to The University of Texas women's softball team. Osterman was voted the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year for the second time in three years and won the Honda Award in softball to become the unanimous national player of the year. She also earned first-team All-America, first-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors. Later in the summer, Osterman earned her second Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year Award as the top female student-athlete in the 12-member conference.
For the second time in her career, Osterman led the nation in 2005 in earned run average (0.36) and set the NCAA record for strikeouts per seven innings (15.2). Her 593 strikeouts were also the third-highest single-season total in NCAA history. Osterman also won a pair of ESPY Awards last year when she was voted “Best Female College Athlete” and won “Best Female Olympic Performance” with the U.S. Olympic softball team at the 2004 Athens Games.
Osterman, a Houston native, begins her senior season in third place on the NCAA career strikeout list with 1,635 - 135 shy of the all-time record.
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 88 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 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.