PINE BLUFF, Ark. – And this for perfection, a softball pitcher from North Texas, Hope Trautwein: 21 faced faces, 21 punches.
Trautwein played a perfect game on Sunday, knocking out all 21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff strikers she faced in a 3-0 win.
It was the first perfect game in North Texas history and is believed to be the first perfect seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history, with each attack being an attack.
NCAA records list two more pitchers with 21 outs in a seven-inning game, but neither was a perfect game. Alexamas Osorio of Alabama had a 21-K game against Fordham in 2018, and California Michele Granger had a 1991 game against Creighton.
Trautwein, a senior from Pflugerville, Texas, also had 21 strikes in a seven-inning game in her first start this season. But the right-hander also scored five goals and two runs in a 6-2 win over Southeast Louisiana on Feb. 13.
The NCAA record in a single game for 28 games was set by Eileen Canney of Northwestern in an 18-inch game against Minnesota in 2006 and Baylor Cristin Vitek in 16 innings against North Carolina in 2004.