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Hope Trautwein Discusses Her 21-Strikeout Perfect Game

  • April 13, 2021

It was the first seven-inning perfect game with 21 strikeouts in N.C.A.A. Division I history.

It was also the third college no-hitter for Trautwein. More remarkably, she also struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning game on Feb. 13 at Southeastern Louisiana. But in that game she also gave up five hits, two walks and two runs. Only two other pitchers in Division I before Trautwein had matched the 21-strikeout feat, the N.C.A.A. reported.

“My previous no-hitters I’ve been super, super anxious,” she said. “Is this going to be the pitch to break it, are they finally going to get a hit or reach base. I wasn’t like that this time. I was very confident.”

Trautwein started playing softball at 10 and pitching at 12. Striking out opposing batters has always been a big part of her game, but even in Little League she had never had an all-strikeout perfect game.

Like a lot of softball pitchers she is tall. “I am a pretty big girl,” she said. “I was bigger than all my teammates growing up. I’m 5-11 and 6 foot in cleats, so I’ve always had that raw athletic talent and been stronger than all the girls on my team. In Little League, you either struck out or got hit by a pitch.”

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