Oklahoma City, Okla.---ASA Hall of Famer Kathy Arendsen was the only American in the record class of 19 inductees to be elected into the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame. Arendsen was inducted into the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame in 1996.
A native of Zeeland, Mich., Arendsen dreamed of one day becoming a major league player but that all changed when she saw Hall of Famer Joan Joyce pitch for the legendary Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, Ct., while in high school. Joyce became Arendsen’s role model.
Ultimately through hard work and determination, Arendsen succeeded in the becoming one of the game’s all-time great pitchers. Her induction into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 1996 was a testament to her success and the recent announcement from the International Federation is another sign of accomplishments.
Between 1978-1993, Arendsen helped the Raybestos Brakettes win nine ASA national championships, three ISF World Championships and five U.S. Olympic Festivals. She was also a member of two USA Pan American teams.
Arendsen is the third winningest pitcher in Brakettes’ history with 334 wins and only 25 losses. She hurled 79 no-hitters, 42 perfect games and 265 shutouts. In 2,362 innings, Kathy struck out 4,308 batters and had a career ERA of 0.15. She was named an All-American 13 times. On May 12, 2003 Arendsen was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.
She is now the head softball coach at the University of Oregon where she led the Ducks to the 2002 Regional Finals before losing to Louisiana-Lafayette.
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