North Texas softball pitcher Hope Trautwein faced 21 batters in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, and she struck out all 21.
So yes, Trautwein finished with a perfect game — the first in North Texas history. It’s also the first time in NCAA Division I history that every out was a strikeout. At least, there’s none other on record.
“NCAA records list two other pitchers with 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game, but neither of those was a perfect game,” ESPN relayed. “Alabama’s Alexis Osorio had a 21-K game against Fordham in 2018, and California’s Michele Granger did it against Creighton in 1991.”
Of course, this is nothing new. The senior righty from Pflugerville, Texas also recorded 21 strikeouts in a seven-inning game against Southeastern Louisiana, but she also gave up five hits. The Mean Green won that game on Feb. 13, 6-2.
The NCAA record for strikeouts in a game is 28, held by Northwestern’s Eileen Canney (2006) and Baylor’s Cristin Vitek (2004). But Carney’s outing took 18 innings, and Vitek’s took 16.