“Twenty-one times, Arkansas Pine Bluff batters stepped to the plate to face Hope Trautwein. Twenty-one times, they trudged back to the dugout, victims of a truly perfect ‘perfect game’ in which the North Texas hurler struck out each one. Trautwein topped her two previous no-hitters with a bit of historic flair, pitching what is believed to be the first perfect seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history with every out being a strikeout. According to NCAA records, two other pitchers have had 21-strikeout, seven-inning games, but neither was a perfect game. Alabama’s Alexis Osorio fanned 21 Fordham hitters in 2018, and California’s Michele Granger did the same against Creighton in 1991” reports the Washington Post.
“In the moment, Trautwein wasn’t really aware of what she was accomplishing, partly because she had been there before. A right-hander from Pflugerville, Tex., she struck out 21 hitters for the Denton, Tex., school Feb. 13 in her first start of the season but gave up five hits in a 6-2 victory over Southeastern Louisiana. ‘I actually didn’t really realize what was happening, what kind of game this would become,’ Trautwein told The Washington Post. ‘At the end of the game, I was just like, ‘Phew, okay, another win, on to another game’ because we had a doubleheader. ‘Tate [Hawkins, a communications assistant in the athletic department] came over and said, ‘Do you realize what you just did?’ I was like, ‘Uh, a no-hitter?’ And he said, ‘No, a perfect game and every out was a strikeout.’ I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ He was like, ‘You realize no one’s ever done that ever.’”