December 14, 2012
Cypress Springs High School alum Cat Osterman’s No. 20 jersey is unveiled during a jersey retirement ceremony on Oct. 23, 2008 at the Berry Center. Joining Osterman at the ceremony were her high school coach, Carol Adcock (second from left), parents Gary and Laura Osterman and former Cypress Springs principal Barbara Weiman (far right). Osterman will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco in February.
Dec. 14, 2012—Cat Osterman, a 2001 graduate of Cypress Springs High School, has been selected to be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame’s 2012 class. Osterman, a softball standout at the high school, collegiate and Olympic levels, will be one of seven inductees during a February ceremony in Waco.
“Being inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is beyond anything I ever imagined. I never even had a thought about this happening,” Osterman said. “It’s truly an honor to be regarded with all the great athletes our state has produced. Words can’t explain the shock and excitement of this honor.”
A dominant left-handed pitcher, Osterman struck out 2,265 batters, compiled an overall record of 136-25 and posted a 0.51 earned-run average (ERA) during her four-year career at the University of Texas.
As a member of the United States national team, Osterman went 36-2 with a 0.42 ERA and 480 strikeouts, while helping the United States win a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics and a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
During Osterman’s senior season at Cypress Springs, she struck out 435 batters and threw 12 no-hitters while earning a 19-3 record and perfect 0.00 ERA and allowing only 18 hits. One of her most noteworthy high school games was a 33-strikeout effort in an extra-innings shutout of Cy-Fair High School in 2001. Following that season, she was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
“I enjoyed my time at Cy Springs. We were a new school, and it was fun to be a part of the beginning of their history,” Osterman said. “My teammates and I had fun, and have plenty of memories to share.”
Joining Osterman in the 2012 Texas Sports Hall of Fame class are New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Dallas Cowboys running back Walt Garrison, former Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Mathews, former Lubbock Monterey baseball coach Bobby Moegle, NBA basketball champion and former San Antonio Cole standout Shaquille O’Neal and former University of Texas running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.
An induction ceremony will be held at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco on Feb. 18, followed by a banquet at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus.