North Texas Pitcher Hope Trautwein Reaches a New Level of Perfection

Trautwein’s perfect game is believed to be the first of its kind in NCAA history.

By Savannah Moore

Hope Trautwein is already one of the greatest pitchers in the history of North Texas University’s softball program. She is the program’s all-time leader in career ERA (2.21), Saves (8), and Opponent Batting Average (.204). Trautwein also has pitched not one, but two no-hitters in 2018 and 2019. Earlier this season she set the Conference USA record for strikeouts in a game after throwing 21 Ks against Southeastern Louisiana in a 6–2 victory.

Those who are familiar with Trautwein’s stellar pitching career could not have even anticipated  what she would do in the team’s game against Arkansas Pine-Bluff—she  struck out all 21 batters that she faced.

Hope Trautwein after pitching her perfect game.
(SOURCE: Tate Hawkins/ North Texas Athletics)

No hits, no walks—the ball was never even put into play. Not only did Trautwein pitch a perfect game, but she pitched the “perfect” perfect game, a feat that most couldn’t accomplish in Wii Sports.

Along with pitching the first perfect game in North Texas’ history, Trautwein’s performance is believed to be the first of its kind in NCAA history. A name for a perfect game made up of only strikeouts does not yet exist, so many believe that it should be named after Trautwein herself. North Texas head coach Rodney DeLong suggested it be called a “Hope-a-Dope.” Others on social media believe that it should simply be referred to as “A Trautwein.” 

Trautwein does not seem to be dwelling on the accomplishment too much, instead choosing to focus on her next goals. She is currently second all-time in career strikeouts and wins at North Texas. With another year of eligibility left, and a few more 21 strikeout games, those records could soon be hers.

Despite all of Trautwein’s personal success, North Texas has never qualified for the NCAA tournament. The team currently has a 19-13 record and is 2-2 in Conference USA. If Trautwein can continue to perform close to the level that Akansas Pine Bluff had to witness, there is no telling how far the Mean Green could go.

North Texas’ next game will be against in-state rival UTEP miners. The teams will face off in a four game series.

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