411OnTheForty: Osterman named first Athletes Unlimited MVP

At 37 years old, former Texas pitcher Cat Osterman remains a member of Team USA (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Cat Osterman has always appeared to be head and shoulders above the rest.

Osterman made another claim to that description Monday, when the 37-year-old pitcher earned the first Most Valuable Player award in Athletes Unlimited history.

The league provided Osterman an opportunity to compete along with and against her future teammates on the national team throughout the six-week season. Osterman registered 95 strikeouts, six complete games, two shutouts and an impressive 1.53 earned run average during her first, and possibly only season with Athletes Unlimited.

The league uses a unique scoring system, rewarding players points for their performances. For a pitcher such as Osterman, those stats include strikeouts, wins, and outs. The top four point scorers each week become team captains for the next. Osterman was a captain for four of the season's five weeks.

"The circle is where I am ME. This was beyond fun," Osterman posted on Twitter Monday night.

She also made sure to thank catcher Gwen Svekis, who was the starter behind the dish for five straight weeks for Osterman's teams. Both Osterman and Svekis are members of Team USA, and assuming the rescheduled Olympics are held, the duo will team up again in Tokyo next summer.

Photos of Cat Osterman

(photo credits: Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated, University of Texas Photograph, Horns Illustrated)

Riley Zayas

Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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