February 24, 1986
San Luis Obispo, California
|Residence||San Luis Obispo, California|
|Alma mater||Arizona State University|
|Years active||2005 – present|
|Employer||US women's national softball team|
|Known for||Professional Softball|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Parents||Bill and Debbie Burkhart|
Katherine Burkhart (born February 24, 1986) is an American softball pitcher who formerly played for the USA Softball team. Burkhart also played professionally in the United States for the USSSA Pride, Tennessee Diamonds and Carolina Diamonds in the NPF in addition to playing in Japan. Following the 2012 NPF season, Burkhart announced her retirement as a player.
Burkhart played softball for Arizona State University. While struggling in her freshman year with a record of 12 wins and 14 losses, Burkhart improved throughout her career with the Sun Devils. In her junior and senior years, she was selected as the best pitcher in the conference and was awarded Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. In her senior year, Arizona State won the 2008 Women's College World Series, and Burkhart was named the Most Outstanding Player. She pitched back-to-back shutouts against Texas A&M University, with 13 strikeouts in the final game to clinch the title. This was Arizona State's first WCWS championship under the current format. For her senior season, Burkhart compiled 41 wins, 513 strikeouts, and a 0.75 ERA, the third-best in the NCAA. In her college career overall, Burkhart set an Arizona State record for strikeouts with 1,670. She also holds a single-season Pac-10 record for strikeouts, with 517 in her junior year.
On February 18, 2008, before her final season at Arizona State, Burkhart was selected first overall in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft. After posting league highs of 13 wins and a 1.87 ERA along with team highs of 149 strikeouts, 15 complete games, and 131⅔ innings pitched during her rookie season in the NPF, Burkhart was voted as the NPF Player of the Year. For the American offseason, Burkhart commenced her rookie season in the Japan Softball Association’s Women’s Major League Softball.
Burkhart was first named to the USA Softball national team on June 15, 2009. She made her first appearance at the 2009 Canada Cup and combined with Jennie Finch to pitch a no-hitter against the Netherlands, which the United States won 8–0 in five innings due to the run rule.
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