It’s the dream of each pitcher. All of the opposing batters retired so as. An ideal sport.
However is an ideal sport actually good? In any case, a number of gamers may have gotten no less than some bat on the ball, even when it was only a pop-up or a groundout.
Hope Trautwein of the College of North Texas softball staff did issues a little bit extra completely on Sunday. In a seven-inning sport in opposition to the College of Arkansas at Pine Bluff she confronted 21 batters and struck all of them out. Nobody even put a ball in play.
And one way or the other, she didn’t actually discover.
“I knew it was an ideal sport,” she stated in an interview on Tuesday. “There’s that factor about you don’t say it’s an ideal sport, however I might hear my teammates behind me. They have been saying ‘don’t jinx it.’
“However I suppose I didn’t actually register that all the outs have been strikeouts till the tip of the sport.”
It was the primary seven-inning good sport with 21 strikeouts in N.C.A.A. Division I historical past.
It was additionally the third faculty no-hitter for Trautwein. Extra remarkably, she additionally struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning sport on Feb. 13 at Southeastern Louisiana. However in that sport she additionally gave up 5 hits, two walks and two runs. Solely two different pitchers in Division I earlier than Trautwein had matched the 21-strikeout feat, the N.C.A.A. reported.
“My earlier no-hitters I’ve been tremendous, tremendous anxious,” she stated. “Is that this going to be the pitch to interrupt it, are they lastly going to get successful or attain base. I wasn’t like that this time. I used to be very assured.”
Trautwein began enjoying softball at 10 and pitching at 12. Putting out opposing batters has all the time been an enormous a part of her sport, however even in Little League she had by no means had an all-strikeout good sport.
Like loads of softball pitchers she is tall. “I’m a reasonably large lady,” she stated. “I used to be larger than all my teammates rising up. I’m 5-11 and 6 foot in cleats, so I’ve all the time had that uncooked athletic expertise and been stronger than all the ladies on my staff. In Little League, you both struck out or acquired hit by a pitch.”
In a barnstorming sport, Satchel Paige as soon as legendarily advised his fielders to go to the bench, then struck out the aspect. Trautwein might have achieved the identical, however for seven straight innings. The seven fielders behind her supplied vocal and ethical help, she stated, however by no means made a play.
It isn’t as if the gamers for Pine Bluff didn’t take their cuts; Trautwein struck out 17 batters swinging and simply 4 trying. The primary three innings have been particularly futile for Pine Bluff: Every of the primary 9 batters struck out on three pitches. “The second time across the lineup, it was a little bit bit extra aggressive,” Trautwein stated, charitably.
The sport was not televised, so solely a choose group of 75 hard-core followers can say they have been there when it occurred.
North Texas, which received Sunday’s sport by 3-0, is now 19-9 and 2-2 in Convention USA. The staff has by no means made the N.C.A.A. match.
“We are able to compete with the highest 5 convention groups,” Trautwein stated. “That’s the following step.” (It’s been a harder yr for Pine Bluff, which is 1-19.)
As for the previous few days, “it’s been insane,” Trautwein stated. “Oh my gosh, Lauren Chamberlain simply quoted my tweet,” she stated of the Division I profession chief in dwelling runs.
Trautwein, now 6-3 on the season, has one other yr of eligibility. “I’m chasing the strikeout document for North Texas,” she stated. “It’s 712, I believe I’m sitting proper at 580.” Six or seven extra 21-strikeout video games and she or he will probably be there.