CU Softball BIO
12 Tara Oltman
CREIGHTON CAREER: Summary – Oltman will conclude her career as the most decorated player in Creighton softball history as she is already the first player in school history to be honored as an All-American following three seasons.  The only three-time Pitcher of the Year in Missouri Valley Conference history, she enters her senior season already owning the MVC record with 86 career victories.  The 10-time MVC Pitcher of the Week also begins her fourth season already with Creighton career records for pitching appearances (135), starts (102) and complete games (93), while she is second in strikeouts (795) and innings pitched (781) and will likely have those records midway through her senior season.  In addition to her MVC victory record, she enters her final season already in the top-15 in Valley history in strikeouts (6th), shutouts (6th), complete games (6th), innings pitched (7th), appearances (12th), ERA (14th) and starts (14th).  The right-hander, who has lowered her ERA and batting average against every season, became Creighton’s first NFCA All-American in 18 years as a junior.  She has appeared in 69 of CU’s 73 MVC games in her first three seasons and in the 27 starts she has lost in her career, the Bluejays have scored a total of 29 runs.  Oltman begins her senior season on USA Softball's National Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List.

2009 (Junior) –
Honored by the NFCA (third-team) and Easton (second-team) as an All-American ... For the third time she was named MVC Pitcher of the Year, first-team all-MVC and to the MVC All-Tournament Team ... Repeated on the NFCA Midwest Region First-Team, CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second-Team, All-District VII First-Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team ... Named MVC Pitcher of the Week three times ... Ranked fourth in the NCAA in ERA (0.88), 10th in wins (29), 11th in shutouts (12) and 22nd in strikeouts (283) ... Set school records with 35 complete games and 277.1 innings pitched ... Led the MVC in wins, strikeouts, ERA, innings pitched and batting average against ... Posted a 16-4 record with a 0.46 ERA, two saves and eight shutouts in MVC play ... Allowed only one earned run in her final 55.2 innings pitched in MVC play for a 0.13 ERA in that span ... Lost four 1-0 decisions ... Pitched 103.1 of CU’s final 106 innings ... Allowed more hits than innings pitched just once in 44 appearances on the season and only once in her last 75 appearances ... Allowed one earned run or less in 33 of her final 36 appearances ... Completed her final 32 starts and 35 of 36 starts on the season ... Finished second on the team with 81 assists ... Had a 2.42 ERA with 15 earned runs in her first eight appearances, but finished with a 0.60 ERA and 20 earned runs in her final 36 outings ... Struck out at least 10 in four games, including a season-high 12 at Iowa State (April 29) ... Became the first pitcher to shut out Arizona on its home field since UCLA did so in 2005, as she allowed just five singles to the 13th-ranked Wildcats (who would go on to lead the NCAA in scoring, home runs and slugging percentage) ... Struck out seven in the 6-0 win at Arizona (March 7) ... Tossed her first career complete game no-hitter against No. 24 Southern Illinois (April 18), allowing two base runners and fanning eight  ... Pitched season-high 10 innings, not allowing a hit after the fifth in 3-1 win over Wichita State (May 3).

2008 (Sophomore) – 
Named NFCA Midwest Region First-Team and Easton All-America Second-Team ... Tabbed MVC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season, also earned first-team all-MVC and MVC All-Tournament Team honors for the second time ... CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second-Team, All-District VII First-Team and MVC Scholar-Athlete First-Team with a 4.0 grade point average through her first three semesters ... Named MVC Pitcher of the Week five times ... Set school record and tied MVC mark with 31 wins ... Led league in wins, ERA, shutouts, starts, complete games, batting average against and tied for MVC lead in saves ... Ranked second in the NCAA with seven saves, 11th with a 0.96 ERA, 11th with 31 wins and 21st with 4.1 hits allowed per seven innings ... Her seven saves were the most by a Bluejay since 1982 ... Also set school records for complete games (33) and innings pitched (276.2) in a season ... Second player in school history (Tammy Nielsen) and one of five pitchers in MVC history to reach 300 strikeouts in a season ... Went 16-2 with a 0.76 ERA in MVC play ... Eight of her 15 MVC starts were shutouts ... Finished 14-0 with four saves and a 0.59 ERA at home ... Hurled 30 straight scoreless innings from April 21 through May 3 ... Struck out at least 10 in four games and had at least eight strikeouts in 18 games ... Allowed more than two earned runs in only two outings ... Closed the season by allowing just four earned runs in her final 59.2 innings pitched for a 0.47 ERA in that span ... Bluejay offense totalled seven runs in the eight starts she lost ... Struck out 20 and allowed one earned run in 15 innings of work over two games against Loyola Marymount (Feb. 15-16) ... Won at seventh-ranked Arizona (March 8), allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out nine against the two-time defending national champions ... Struck out 11 in her longest outing of the year, a 10-inning victory over Northern Iowa (March 29) ... Fanned eight and allowed two hits in 13-1 five-inning victory at Nebraska (April 9) ... Logged a season-high 12 strikeouts in a four-hit shutout at Southern Illinois (April 19) ... Hurled a three-hit shutout in regular-season finale win over Missouri State (May 4) ... Allowed just one hit and no earned runs in 3-2 loss to Drake (May 9) in the MVC Tournament ... Struck out nine and allowed five hits in 2-1 eight-inning loss to Iowa (May 17) in the NCAA Tournament.

2007 (Freshman) – Named second-team Easton All-American and second-team NFCA All-Midwest Region ... Tabbed MVC Pitcher of the Year, the first freshman in league history to earn the honor ... Selected MVC Newcomer of the Year, the first Bluejay to win the award ... First-Team All-MVC and MVC All-Tournament Team selection ... Led the MVC and ranked 15th in the NCAA (fourth among freshmen) with a 1.23 ERA ... Topped the Valley and ranked 16th in the NCAA with 26 wins ... Set school rookie records with 26 wins, 212 strikeouts and 227 innings pitched ... Appeared in 43 of 55 games, including 24 of the last 25 ... One of four players in school history to record 20 wins ... One of five pitchers in school history to hurl 200 innings in a year ... Twice named MVC Pitcher of the Week ... Went 42.2 innings without allowing an earned run from March 10-24 and hurled 33 consecutive scoreless innings from March 10-21 ... Ranked second on the team with 95 assists, including a 10-assist game at Indiana State (April 15) ... Opponents batted just .190 against her ... All three saves came in MVC play ... Went 13-3 with a 1.00 ERA in Valley action ... Picked up five wins against top 25 opponents ... Struck out at least 10 in four games, including a career-best 14 against Northern Colorado (March 10) and No. 19 Illinois State (April 21) ... Went 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings at the MVC Tournament ... Fanned eight against No. 24 Southern Illinois (May 12) in the MVC title game ... Allowed just one earned run in the first inning all year for a 0.23 ERA in the frame ... Had a 0.62 combined ERA in the first three innings of games ... Combined on a no-hitter in her collegiate debut, striking out four in three innings against Alabama A&M (Feb. 17) ... Struck out 11 in a nine-inning shutout of reigning MVC Tournament champion Missouri State in her Valley debut (March 17) ... Struck out 10 in another nine-inning shutout of MSU the next day ... Allowed just two hits and no earned runs in a 4-1 win over Nebraska (March 21) ... Hurled 10.1 innings at Indiana State (April 15) ... Again allowed no earned runs in a 2-1 win over Nebraska (May 19) in the NCAA Tournament.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Named first-team Super State and first-team Class B all-state as a junior and senior ... Named her school’s Female Athlete of the Year as a senior ... Broke or tied 12 state records as a senior, posting a 29-4 record with a 0.16 ERA and 380 strikeouts, all school records ... In her two seasons as the Lady Orange ace, she set the Class B career records with a 0.27 ERA, 13 no-hitters (10 as a senior) and five perfect games (all as a senior) ... Hurled a school-record 96 straight innings without allowing an earned run and struck out 20 straight hitters at one point, including a school-best 19 in one game ... Hurled 25 shutouts, including seven straight, during her final prep campaign ... Team finished second at state three times and won the state title as a sophomore ... Played for the Omaha Finesse Gold in ASA ball ... Class president, student council vice president and member of the National Honor Society ... Co-valedictorian (with Bluejay teammate Michelle Koch), graduating with a 4.0 GPA.

PERSONAL: The daughter of Carol and Gene Oltman, Tara was born on December 23, 1987 in Lincoln, Neb. ... English major with a co-major in secondary education ... Has two siblings, Heather (25) and Preston (17) ... Pitched against Team USA in its “Bound 4 Beijing” Tour in Rapid City, S.D.,  on July 15, 2008, allowing two earned runs, with six strikeouts in six innings.
Position: Pitcher
Height: 5'8"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cortland, Neb.
High School: Beatrice