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Cat Osterman Named One of Five 2014 Outstanding Young Texas Exes

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AUSTIN, Texas – Former Texas Softball left-handed pitcher Cat Osterman (2002-06) has been selected as one of this year’s Outstanding Young Texas Exes.

A three-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, two-time Olympian and four-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America selection, Osterman was honored with this year’s award with former UT baseball and football player Steve Morenz, ’97, Alexander Eastman, ’96, Jeffrey E. Tsai, ’97 and Carlos Zaffirini, ’06.

“I'm really honored and humbled to be a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Exes award,” Osterman said. “I never would have imagined that softball would provide me the opportunities it has. I'm grateful the Texas Exes recognizes not just the success I've had but the ways in which I try to give back through softball. I have always bled Burnt Orange, and I will continue to represent the University to my greatest ability.”

During her time at UT, Osterman and her team won three Big 12 Championships, three tournament titles, and made three World Series appearances.  Representing her country as a U.S. Olympian, Osterman won gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She is a board member of RBI Austin, which runs free softball leagues and clinics for Austin’s underprivileged youth.

Initiated in 1980, the Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award recognizes Texas Exes 39 and younger who have made significant achievements in their careers and service to the University. To be eligible, a nominee must be 39 or younger on January 1 of the year in which the award is presented. The deadline is September 1 with the selection taking place the following spring.

(Source: University of Texas Athletics)

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