Creighton University softball standout Tara Oltman added to her hardware on Thursday when she was named a 2009 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Third Team All-American.
Oltman, a junior, is CU’s first NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-American honoree since second-team pitcher Kelly Brookhart in 1991. That duo joins first baseman Jody Schwartz (1st team in 1988) as Bluejay representatives in the 25-year history of the awards.
Oltman is the only Missouri Valley Conference student-athlete named on the team, and was one of just four women to earn All-America status despite not advancing to the NCAA Tournament. She was named to the third team at the at-large/pitcher category and is one of 55 women from 32 institutions and 12 conferences to be honored overall.
The three-time MVC Pitcher of the Year, Oltman led the MVC in wins, complete games, innings pitched, ERA, batting average against and strikeouts. The right-hander currently ranks fifth in the NCAA in ERA (0.88), 10th in wins (29), 11th in shutouts (12) and 21st in strikeouts (283). In just three seasons she has already become the winningest pitcher in school and league history, with 86 wins, while her 135 career appearances and 93 complete games are school records.
The Beatrice (Neb.) High School graduate twice shutout top-25 teams this year, blanking the top-scoring offense in the NCAA on its home field (Arizona) and tossing a no-hitter against Valley rival Southern Illinois.
Oltman is also a two-time first-team all-region honoree after earning second-team all-region accolades as a freshman. Her 35 complete games and 277.1 innings pitched this season established school records (surpassing her own marks from 2008).
Yesterday Oltman was named a second-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA and ESPN/The Magazine, becoming the fifth student-athlete and second softball player in Bluejay history to earn the honor multiple times.