OKLAHOMA CITY -- Cat Osterman had 18 strikeouts to break the
Women's College World Series record for a seven-inning game in
Texas' 2-0 victory over Arizona State on Thursday in the opening
round of the eight-team tournament.
Osterman (38-2) allowed one hit -- Bianca Cruz's second-inning
single -- and did not walk a batter. After Cruz's hit, Osterman
retired the final 18 batters in a row.
The 6-foot-2 senior left-hander broke the World Series strikeout
record for a regulation game of 17 that she shared with
Northwestern's Lisa Ishikawa. Ishikawa set the record in a 1-0
victory over Adelphi in 1984, and Osterman matched it twice -- in a
1-0 win over California in 2003 and a 3-0 victory over Alabama last
The overall World Series record is 20 by UCLA's Debbie Doom in a
2-1, 13-inning victory over Oklahoma State in 1982. Osterman had 19
in a 1-0, 11-inning victory over Arizona last year.
Osterman, who has struck out a career-high 24 twice, has 608
strikeouts this season to push her NCAA-record total to 2,248. She
also has 85 shutouts.
Texas (55-7) advanced to play Arizona on Friday night. Arizona
opened the tournament with a 3-2, 11-inning victory over Oregon
Texas' Amber Hall doubled in a run in the fourth inning, and
Desiree Williams led off the fifth with a homer off Katie Burkhart
Arizona State (52-14) will face Oregon State on Saturday in a
loser's bracket game.
Cat Osterman set a single-game Women's College World Series record with 18 strikeouts as Texas beat Arizona State 2-0 in the second of four games on the tournament's opening day Thursday.