Cat Osterman, a two-time U.S. Olympian, three-time National Player of the Year and four-time All-American pitcher, felt quite the throwback as she relived one of her greatest moments as a collegiate athlete. 

Osterman watched the 2005 version of herself when she joined me remotely to stream parts of her 19 strikeout, four-hit performance against Arizona in a 2005 Women’s College World Series elimination game. That’s the game where her 19th strikeout ended the game and turned into a celebration that became a classic college sports moment (more on that below). 

Osterman recently ended a successful six-year stint as an assistant coach at Texas State. Bobcats pitchers allowed only 36 earned runs in 158.1 innings in the shortened 2020 season. She is a member of Team USA and will take part in the next summer Olympics, which are scheduled for July 2021 in Tokyo.

Here are the most vivid memories and her impressions from that outstanding performance: 

1.    “I was chewing gum, and I never did that. I have no clue who let me go out on the mound with gum, because I am chomping.”

Osterman laughed as she watched herself on the mound working on a good-sized wad of gum. You can see that in the clip below, which starts at the same moment she’s watching: