Sooners Bolster Pitching Staff With Accomplished Grad Transfer

To say that University of North Texas grad transfer Hope Trautwein is an accomplished pitcher at the collegiate level is actually a massive understatement. The fact is, she’s a history maker! In April of this year the Pflugerville, Texas, product made national news when she tossed a perfect game, striking out all 21 batters faced in UNT’s game versus Arkansas Pine-Bluff, becoming the first pitcher in Division I history to tally 21 strikeouts in a perfect game.

Now Trautwein is bringing her game to the biggest stage as she looks to help Patty Gasso reload a pitching staff that lost Giselle Juarez and Sannon Saile to graduation as well as Olivia Rains and Brooke Vestal to the transfer portal. With Nicole May expected to take a primary role in the circle next season as a sophomore, Trautwein can become the second of the one/two punch combination that Gasso likes to have with her hurlers.

“After meeting Hope, she’s a perfect fit for our program,” Gasso said on Friday. “She’s an established, successful pitcher from North Texas who has won some big games in her career. We’re looking forward to her boosting this program in 2022 with her style and athleticism.”

Trautwein leaves North Texas as its career leader in ERA, wins, opponent batting average and K/7IP. She was named back-to-back Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and was placed on the first team NFCA All-South Region team this season. She complied a 46-12 record over the last three seasons for the Mean Green and is a four-time member of the C-USA all-conference squad. She will have one year of eligibility remaining at Oklahoma.

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