DePaul's Amber Patton Named to the 2009 USA Softball Japan Cup Team
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced today the three teams that will represent USA Softball Women's National team program during the 2009 summer season, kicking off with the Canada Cup, July 4-12. The three teams were selected after a selection camp last week in Chula Vista, and the rosters will represent a new era of USA Softball as there are only eight returning players from the 2008 Olympic team.
DePaul’s Amber Patton was named to the Japan Cup Team, which will compete July 31-Aug. 2 while Blue Demon assistant coach and two-time Olympic Medalist Cat Osterman was named to the National Team roster and will compete at both the Canada Cup and the KFC World Cup.
Patton a two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American completed her senior season in 2009 with a school-record .497 average which ranked toped the BIG EAST Conference and was second in the country. One of DePaul’s most decorated student-athletes, Patton owns the Blue Demon career records for assists and sacrifice hits while she is the single-season record holder for hits, batting average, games started, games played and at bats. Patton finished her career with a .396 average and was a four-time all BIG EAST Conference honoree.
Osterman, who joined the Blue Demon staff as an assistant coach in 2007, is the only student-athlete to earn the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year trophy three times while a member of the Texas Longhorns. A member of the National Team since 2001, Osterman brought home Gold from Greece in 2004 and Silver from Beijing in 2008.
The USA Softball Women’s National Team will compete at both the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., and the KFC World Cup of Softball presented by Six Flags in Oklahoma City, Okla. The team will be coached by Head Coach Jay Miller (Starkville, Miss.) and Assistants Gordon Eakin (Sandy, Utah), Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.) Barbara Jordan (Northridge, Calif.).
The 2009 USA Softball Pan American Qualifier Team will represent the USA at the Pan American Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela, July 31-Aug.9. The team will be coached by Head Coach Miller and Assistants Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.), Mike Larabee (Dayton, Ohio) and Pat Murphy (Northport, Ala.).