Osterman will be the first UT softball player and third student-athlete to have her number retired.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Legend of the Longhorn Osterman cat will have his No. 8 jersey officially retired on Saturday, April 16, as part of a pre-game ceremony ahead of Texas Softball’s Big 12 Series Finals against Oklahoma.
The University of Texas said Osterman would become the first UT softball player and third female UT student-athlete to have her number retired. She will join women’s basketball recipients Clarissa Davis (March 2020) and Kamie Ethridge (September 2019).
“When [Osterman] took the circle, she was just unstoppable and amazing to watch. It’s a special, special honor to have your jersey number retired, and no one is more worthy of it than Cat. She continues to make us so proud long after her time on the Forty Acres,” said UT athletic director Chris Del Conte.
According to UT, Osterman is a three-time U.S. National Collegiate Softball Player of the Year, a four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-American, and a two-time ESPY Award winner for Top Female College Athlete. While at UT, she had a 136-25 record with a .51 ERA and 2,265 strikeouts. She helped the Longhorns to three Women’s College World Series appearances.
To date, Osterman holds the NCAA record for the highest career strikeout ratio per seven innings at 14.34 and remains the only player in NCAA Division I history to lead the nation in ERA three times. She had 20 hits and seven perfect games at UT.
That’s not all. Osterman enjoyed professional success during an eight-year career with the Rockford Thunder and USSSA Pride. UT reports that she led the Thunder to the league title in 2009 and won three Cowles Cup championships with Pride in 2010, 2013 and 2014. She was named an All-NPF six times and the pitcher of the MFN year three times (2011, 2013 and 2014).
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In 2004, Osterman won gold as the youngest member of the US Olympic softball team in Athens. She clinched silver four years later in Beijing. She came out of retirement to help the United States Women’s National Softball Team win silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“To have Cat Osterman become the first female softball player to have her jersey retired at the University of Texas is worthy because her name and Texas Softball are truly synonymous,” Texas head coach Mike White said. “Cat helped elevate our softball program to national prominence during his career on the Forty Acres. It’s so exciting to have his number ‘8’ immortalized in Texas softball history and to honor his contribution to the growth of college softball not only in the United States, but also throughout the world.”
Saturday’s game is sold out. UT said if additional tickets become available, they will be available for purchase on game day at the Red & Charline McCombs Field Box Office.
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