AUSTIN (KXAN) — In sports, it’s hard to be really good, but to be perfect is nearly impossible. However, North Texas softball pitcher Hope Trautwein made headlines, and NCAA history for her perfect effort against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Sunday.
Trautwein, a North Texas senior who previously starred in the circle for Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, recorded the first perfect game in North Texas softball history in a 3-0 win against the Golden Lions.
The accomplishment alone is amazing, but the way she achieved the perfect game broke an NCAA Division 1 record.
Trautwein struck out all 21 batters she faced, which is the first time that has happened during a seven-inning game in NCAA history. It was the second time she recorded 21 strikeouts this season.
She’s struck out at least ten batters four times this season.
Trautwein was the District 13-6A Pitcher of the Year in 2017 as a senior at Hendrickson High School. She is North Texas’ career leader in ERA, Saves and opponent batting average.