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Ball State’s Megan Ciolli Bartlett hired to be an assistant coach on the Texas softball team

Texas has added Ball State head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett to its softball team’s coaching staff, the school announced on Friday. Ciolli Bartlett will replace Chelsea Spencer, a longtime lieutenant for Texas coach Mike White. Spencer was hired to lead the softball program at Cal in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Never one to back away from a fight, Cat Osterman, teammates take a big stand

Cat Osterman stood for the national anthem Monday. And then took a stand. Another one. I respect both of her stances. The former Texas softball star and Olympic gold medalist led a mass walkout of her professional fast-pitch team Tuesday after a furor over an inflammatory, politically charged tweet from … Read More

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Texas great Cat Osterman ‘will not represent’ pro team after its tweet about the national anthem

Legendary Texas softball player Cat Osterman’s summer tour may be over as soon as it began. Osterman tweeted on Monday night that she “will not represent” the ScrapYard Dawgs due to the team’s activity on social media. A tweet published by the professional softball team on Monday showed a picture … Read More

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Brianna Cantu transfers to UT after playing softball at Texas Tech in 2020

Texas announced on Monday that it has added Texas Tech transfer Brianna Cantu to its softball program. Cantu, who grew up in League City and attended Clear Creek High, spent her freshman year in Lubbock. She appeared in 16 games and made eight starts. Texas Tech has not yet signed … Read More

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Former Texas star Cat Osterman named to ESPN’s all-time softball team

Cat Osterman, who has long been considered the greatest softball player in Texas’ history, found herself in elite company this week. It was announced on Tuesday evening that Osterman has earned a starting spot on ESPN’s “Greatest All-Time Softball Team.” Only two pitchers made the cut on an 11-player team … Read More

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Texas assistant coach Chelsea Spencer leaves the Longhorns to lead Cal’s softball program

After serving as a longtime lieutenant for Texas softball coach Mike White, Chelsea Spencer is heading home. Spencer, who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Texas, has been hired to be Cal’s next head coach. The Pac-12 school announced on Wednesday that … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Before she pitches in the Olympics in 2021, a new league in 2020 for Cat Osterman

When Cat Osterman was informed the Summer Olympics were being pushed back to 2021, the softball legend had no plans of sitting around for a year. In true Osterman fashion, she found a way to get back on the field. Osterman will pitch this summer, but not for Team USA. Read More

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From burnt orange to Mean Green: Ex-Longhorn OF Tuesday DerMargosian heads to North Texas

This February, Texas senior Tuesday DerMargosian scored a walk-off run in a nine-inning win at McCombs Field. That highlight on Feb. 19 came at the expense of a visiting North Texas team. There doesn’t appear to be any ill will lingering in Denton, though. On Monday, … Read More

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Two Longhorns enter college softball’s transfer portal

Softball America has listed UT softball players Tuesday DerMargosian and Grace Green among the names in the NCAA’s transfer portal. DerMargosian was a senior outfielder this past season. Green was a freshman pitcher. Texas verified on Sunday afternoon that both players had entered the portal. DerMargosian … Read More

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WATCH: Texas says farewell to three of its softball seniors

Had this been a normal spring, Texas would have hosted a ceremony for the seniors on its softball team on Sunday afternoon. Texas had a game scheduled against Oklahoma State on April 26. That contest would have served as both UT’s Senior Day and the final home game of the … Read More

Live events still uncertain, Texas athletics planning a virtual day-long tailgate party

Zoom will become a four-letter word in Drew Martin’s house, if it’s not already. No amount of webcasting can supplant face-to-face interaction, especially when your job is to interact with Texas fans. As UT’s director of external operations, Martin and his staff were ready for the … Read More

Recapping our Texas Ten: Joseph Ossai, Charli Collier were both breakout Longhorns

This was supposed to be a typically busy weekend in a whirlwind spring semester at Texas. Baseball, softball, track, tennis and golf should be going strong. Instead, it’s quiet. Nobody knows when this coronavirus stoppage will end, and everybody is now worried about football season. School … Read More

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Molly Jacobsen’s transfer from Ole Miss allows Texas to add to its surplus of pitchers

In a Twitter post that was published on Wednesday night, Molly Jacobsen announced that she will join Texas’ softball team. A left-handed pitcher, Jacobsen spent the past two seasons at Ole Miss. Jacobsen was a senior this year, but a recent NCAA ruling has allowed spring-sport athletes … Read More

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Texas ties its best-ever finish with a No. 3 ranking in the NFCA’s final poll

Although shortened, the 2020 season can claim to be one of the best campaigns in the history of Texas’ softball program. Texas found out last week that it had been ranked third in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s final poll of 2020. With 732 points, the … Read More

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Texas pitcher Miranda Elish named Softball America’s national player of the year

Even in a shortened season, Texas pitcher Miranda Elish was dominant. The right-handed flamethrower from Crown Point, Ind., was named Softball America’s national player of the year on Wednesday. Elish was the Longhorns’ best overall threat on a team that went 24-3 in the shortened season … Read More

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‘See y’all Spring 2021′: Kaitlyn Washington announces her return to Texas’ softball team

Three days after the NCAA approved an eligibility waiver for its spring-sport athletes, Kaitlyn Washington has decided to restart her senior season. On Thursday evening, Washington announced her intention to return to Texas’ softball team in 2021. The outfielder tweeted “So thankful for the NCAA giving … Read More

‘The stars were aligning a little bit for us’: What’s on deck for Texas softball in 2021?

Earlier this week, Texas baseball coach David Pierce told reporters a story about a recent game of catch with two eight-year-olds from his neighborhood. Susan Pierce gave her husband a hard time when she overheard him coaching the kids. But what else was he supposed to do? Pierce argued that … Read More

Can Texas stake a claim as the No. 1 team of the 2020 softball season?

There won’t be a national champion crowned in college softball this June in Oklahoma City. Texas, though, can still argue that it had one of the country’s best teams in 2020. The Longhorns were 24-3 when the NCAA announced on March 12 that it was canceling … Read More

The Statesman Interview: Cat Osterman on the Olympics, her future and Texas softball

Due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it’s postponing the Olympics for a year. That decision impacts the summer plans for thousands of the world’s top athletes — including former Texas softball star Cat Osterman, who was set to play … Read More

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NCAA proposal notwithstanding, Texas SS Kaitlyn Slack decides to end her softball career

Texas senior Kaitlyn Slack won’t return to the Longhorns’ infield in 2021. On Thursday, Slack announced that this spring will count as her senior season. Slack was the starting shortstop for a 24-3 Texas team that was ranked third in the NFCA poll. The rest of UT’s season was … Read More