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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Cat’s jersey retirement a nostalgic reminder of how good things used to be at Texas

Will the next Cat Osterman please stand up? How about the next Vince Young? Surely there’s another Jamie Carey or Kevin Durant out there. Texas athletics is still the money-printing machine it’s been for the past three decades, but its national allure isn’t close to where it was in the … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 165: Brian Davis on the Shaka Watch; Texas legend Cat Osterman on her number retirement

In Episode 165 of the On Second Thought podcast, Longhorns beat writer Brian Davis breaks down the Texas meltdown at West Virginia and if coach Shaka Smart is going to survive after this season. Also, Longhorn softball legend Cat Osterman discusses her No. 8 being retired and her next foray … Read More

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Texas to officially retire Cat Osterman’s No. 8 jersey

Nearly 19 years ago, Cat Osterman was asked about the possibility of having her jersey retired by Texas’ softball program. “If they did, that’d be cool,” the then-senior pitcher told the American-Statesman. On Tuesday, Texas made the “cool” announcement that its softball team will finally retire Osterman’s jersey. The No. Read More

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Texas picked to finish second in the Big 12 during the 2020 softball season

With 28 days to go before its softball season’s first pitch, Texas was voted into the second slot of the Big 12’s preseason poll. As expected, Oklahoma topped the preseason prognostications on Thursday. The Sooners have won the conference’s last eight regular-season titles. Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso gave her first-place … Read More

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With a future in aerospace engineering calling, Janna Roberts steps away from UT’s softball team

Texas infielder Janna Roberts has hung up her cleats, a team spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday. Roberts has decided to focus on her academics instead of athletics. A sophomore, Roberts is studying aerospace engineering at Texas. As a freshman, Roberts came off the bench in 14 games during the 2019 season. Read More

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With a half-dozen seniors on its roster, Texas lands signatures from six softball recruits

When it came to recruiting this week, the Texas softball team did some basic math. Texas announced on Thursday that it had signed six players. The Longhorns added New Boston infielder Carlee Ratcliff, George Ranch catcher Jayden “JJ” Smith, Abilene infielder Alyssa Washington, Jacksonville first baseman Jordyn Whitaker to its … Read More

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Tough tests on Texas’ 2020 softball schedule include Big 12 rivals, NCAA’s defending champion

To be the best, Texas is going to have to beat the best. Ten games against five teams that qualified for last year’s Women’s College World Series are among the highlights of UT’s 2020 softball schedule, which was released by the school on Wednesday. UCLA, the NCAA’s defending champion, is … Read More

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With Signing Day on the horizon, Texas receives commitments from two softball recruits

The Texas softball team added two infielders to its 2020 recruiting class over the weekend. On Sunday, Abilene High senior Alyssa Washington announced that will continue playing softball in Austin. The Bowie County Citizens Tribune also reported that New Boston’s Carlee Ratcliff had pledged to UT. Washington was … Read More

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Cat Osterman makes the cut as Team USA announces who will go for the gold in Tokyo

Texas icon Cat Osterman will return to the Olympics in 2020, USA Softball announced on Sunday. Fifteen softball players and three alternates will represent a top-ranked United States team in Tokyo and Osterman is one of them. Osterman, 36, was the youngest player on a USA team that … Read More

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Longhorns softball releases fall schedule

The Longhorns softball team released its fall softball schedule on Tuesday. Texas will play eight games this fall beginning with a contest against LSU in Houston on Friday, Oct. 18. The remaining contests will be played at McCombs Field. The Longhorns will host three doubleheaders between the opener and the … Read More

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Texas starts building for the future as a trio of softball recruits commit to the Longhorns

The fall schedule for the Texas softball team doesn’t get underway until October, but the Longhorns recently recorded a triple play on the recruiting trail. Over the past few days, Texas received verbal commitments from Katie Cimusz, Sophia Simpson and Ryleigh White. Simpson, a utility player, and Cimusz, who catches, … Read More

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Texas softball to compete in Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

The Texas softball team will once again participate in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge in Mexico next season. The Longhorns will compete in the tournament for the second time in three years beginning Feb. 13. In 2018, UT went 2-2 with wins over Rutgers and Houston while falling to Mississippi … Read More

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Former Longhorns find new places to play softball

According to Softball America, all three of the Longhorns who entered the transfer portal this offseason have found a new home. Right-handed pitcher Chloe Romero (Cal) and first baseman Elicia Espinosa (Utah) are heading to the Pac-12 Conference. Meanwhile, utility player Jaden Hoelker will continue her career at UT-Arlington. All … Read More

Texas’ new tuition assistance program unlikely to give Longhorns athletics an unfair advantage

Starting next year, some University of Texas students will sure benefit from an endowment fund designed to help statewide families who make $65,000 or less. However, the $160 million in scholarship money earmarked for tuition and fees for in-state students is unlikely … Read More

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Texas bids farewell to two additional softball players as eventful offseason continues

When Texas returns to McCombs Field in 2020, Malory Schattle and Elicia Espinosa will not be on the team’s roster. Schattle will remain at Texas for her senior year of school but will not play softball, a UT spokesperson told the American-Statesman on Wednesday. Texas also confirmed reports by Inside … Read More

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Texas adds a national champion after Colleen Sullivan announces her transfer from UCLA

With no other options available, Texas needed sophomore Mary Iakopo to catch every pitch that was thrown over the last 38 games of its 2019 softball season. Help is on the way, though. Colleen Sullivan announced on Monday that she will transfer to Texas. Sullivan spent her freshman year at UCLA … Read More

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Texas calls up its softball team’s next assistant coach from the Minnesota Twins’ farm system

Texas softball coach Mike White has tabbed Steve Singleton to replace hitting coach Kerry Shaw in the Longhorns’ dugout. Singleton, 33, worked this year as the hitting coach for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Softball America was the first … Read More

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In a shake-up of its coaching staff, UT’s softball team moves on from hitting coach Kerry Shaw

After just one season, Texas has relieved Kerry Shaw of his duties as the softball team’s hitting coach. UT announced its separation from Shaw on Monday. The school did not give a reason for the coaching change. In a statement, Texas coach Mike White said that “We’d sincerely like to thank … Read More

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Texas announces that surgery not needed for All-American pitcher Miranda Elish

Texas pitcher Miranda Elish will not need surgery for a facial injury she sustained in the postseason, the school announced on Tuesday. Texas tweeted an update that read “Miranda is recovering well. She sustained facial fractures that, at this time, do not require surgery. She is looking forward to getting … Read More

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Two Longhorns to leave UT’s softball team this offseason

A Texas spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday that softball players Chloe Romero and Jaden Hoelker have entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. Softball America was the first to report on these impending departures from Texas. Romero was a sophomore pitcher this past season. Hoelker, a utility player, just completed her freshman year. Read More