Texas 2, Mississippi State 0

May 21, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas- USA Softball National Player of the Year candidate and junior lefthander Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) struck out 15 of the first 18 batters she faced en route to firing a perfect game - her sixth no-hitter of the year and her third no-hitter in the last four starts - to lead No. 5 ranked Texas to a 2-0 victory over the Mississippi State Saturday in the NCAA softball Austin Regional winner's bracket second round game at The University of Texas' Red and Charline McCombs Field.

The win was Texas' ninth win in a row (tying its season-high) and advanced the Longhorns (44-11) into Sunday's regional championship game at noon (Central). UT's opponent is TBA, and will come out of the Austin elimination bracket Saturday afternoon. Mississippi State (34-30), now 1-1 in the regional, plays later Saturday in the elimination bracket against the UMass-Texas A&M-Corpus Christi winner.

It was Osterman's (26-6) seventh perfect game of her UT career and the third this season. She faced 21 batters, striking out 17 which set the Texas record for most K's in an NCAA game. Of the 99 pitches thrown by Osterman, 71 were for strikes. Of the four Bulldog batters which did not strike out, three hit infield groundouts and one lined to third.

Osterman has hurled back-to-back no-hitters in NCAA play, as she was coming off Friday's 1-0 win over Massachusetts where she struck out 14 and walked one, facing 22 batters.

The Texas offense aided Osterman's effort by rapping out eight hits. Sophomore catcher Megan Willis (Chandler, Ariz.) led the way by going three-for-three at the plate (all singles) which tied her single-game high for hits. Senior third baseman Tina Boutelle (Katy, Texas) chipped in with a doulbe and single, while junior rightfielder Amber Hall (Deer Park, Texas) added an RBI single.

Taking the loss for MSU was sophomore righty Kelli Miller, now 14-12. She allowed both runs, one earned and struck out none and walked none in six innings of work.

Texas scored single runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, CF MicKayla Padilla hit a two-out single to center, moved to second on a Boutelle single to right, and came home on a throwing error to first by Miller on a grounder hit back to her.

In the fourth, pinch runner Lacy Robinson ran for Willis, who hit a single to left. Robinson moved to second on a sacrifice, to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Hall's RBI single to right.

POST-GAME QUOTES

Mississippi State Head Coach Jay Miller
General statement on the game...
"I thought we came out ready to play. Kelli (Miller) did a nice job on the mound and gave us a chance. That's what you ask for against Cat Osterman. She threw a great game today. She's got an Olympic gold medal around her neck, and she showed everyone why today. We didn't do a good job at the plate, and she's the reason why."

On the weather (humid and 96 degrees at the end of the game)...
"This is the kind of weather we have back home; we're used to this. Being in the loser's bracket and having to beat Texas twice tomorrow is what's going to be tough to face if we win our game later today. It's not the weather, it's the number of games you have to win now to win this regional tournament."

Mississippi State sophomore pitcher Kelli Miller
On her throwing error to first base in the third inning which gave UT its first run...
"I think I just got flustered and threw the ball away. You don't like it to happen, but sometimes it does."

Texas Head Coach Connie Clark
Her general assessment of the game and talking about Cat Osterman's perfect game...
"Before the game, we talked about this being a big game and I said the same thing yesterday that I'll say today. Today's result was more based on the weather and trying to get one game won to get to the championship tomorrow. We did that. Overall, we got a great effort offensively and defensively. As for Cat, she was coming off last night where you don't know if anyone could be any better than she was, and she goes out and throws a perfect game! It was a tremendous overall effort today. I really think Cat is hitting her stride right now in the postseason. Like she said yesterday, she is rested and her arm is fresh now that we are out of the regular season grind. She and Megan (Willis, the catcher) are doing a great job of mixing pitches up. Cat is not just living on her down pitch. And, when she is effective at mixiing it up, it's really hard to get a bead on her when you are facing her."

Junior pitcher Cat Osterman
"I wasn't thinking about it (the perfect game) at the start of the game. I just wanted to go out there and pitch the best game I can. I felt really good today, just like yesterday, and it just so happened that I threw a perfect game. It got to the late innings, and you know what's going on, so you try and be a little sharper. Megan (Willis) called a great game and we kept them off-balance; I think that was the key."

Sophomore catcher Megan Willis
"Cat and I go with the game plan every time out. We call whatever is going to work for Cat that day. Today, everything was on for her. I could use every pitch and we had everyone guessing; even our coaches were guessing what we were going to throw! Everything was just awesome for her today."

-- Courtesy University of Texas

 
Box score (NCAA)
                         2005 Texas Longhorns Softball
                           Mississippi State at Texas
                 May 21, 2005 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)

Mississippi State 0 (34-30)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jennifer Jessup lf.......  3  0  0  0   0  1  2  0   0
Lindsay Hunley 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  3  7  0   0
Courtney Bures ss........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  3   0
Tanelda McDonald 3b......  2  0  0  0   0  2  2  4   0
Callye Williams 2b.......  2  0  0  0   0  2  4  2   0
Katie Johnson dp.........  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Katie Cooley rf..........  2  0  0  0   0  2  0  0   0
Michelle Kinney cf.......  2  0  0  0   0  1  1  1   0
Blair Geddings c.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
 Nakita Boyce ph.........  1  0  0  0   0  1  0  0   0
Kelli Miller p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Totals................... 21  0  0  0   0 17 18 11   0

Texas 2 (44-11)

Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Padilla, MicKayla cf.....  3  1  1  0   0  0  0  0   0
Boutelle, Tina lf........  3  0  2  0   0  0  0  0   0
Sievers, Chez 2b.........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
Williams, Desiree ss.....  3  0  1  0   0  0  0  0   2
Willis, Megan c..........  3  0  3  0   0  0 16  1   0
 Robinson, Lacy pr.......  0  1  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Turner, Wynter 3b........  2  0  0  0   0  0  1  2   0
Hall, Amber rf...........  3  0  1  1   0  0  0  0   1
Askew, Monica dp.........  2  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Cook, Rachael ph........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Garcia, Alexis 1b........  3  0  0  0   0  0  4  0   4
Osterman, Cat p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 25  2  8  1   0  0 21  4   7

Score by Innings                  R  H  E
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Mississippi State... 000 000 0 -  0  0  1
Texas............... 001 100 X -  2  8  0
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E - Miller(4). LOB - Texas 7. 2B - Boutelle(6). HBP - Cook. SH - Turner(5).

Mississippi State      IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Kelli Miller........  6.0  8  2  1  0  0 25 27

Texas                  IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF
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Osterman, Cat.......  7.0  0  0  0  0 17 21 21

Win - Osterman (26-6).  Loss - Miller (14-12).  Save - None.
WP - Miller(9). HBP - by Miller (Cook).
Umpires - HP: John Stoodley  1B: Rodney Roth  3B: Otis Walker
Start: 12 p.m.   Time: 1:46   Attendance:
Game: UT-55