June 18, 2021
NORMAN — Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso announced the addition of graduate transfer right-handed pitcher Hope Trautwein from the University of North Texas on Friday.
“We’re extremely excited to add Hope Trautwein to this pitching staff,” said Gasso. “She brings experience and leadership, which will be really important for this young staff that we have coming in and those returning.
“After meeting Hope, she’s a perfect fit for our program. 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, who will arrive in Norman with one year of eligibility remaining, leaves the Mean Green as its career leader in ERA (2.05), wins (61), opponent batting average (.197) and K/7IP (8.11). Named back-to-back Conference USA Pitcher of the Year and to the first team NFCA All-South Region team this season, she will bring a wealth of experience to the circle for the Sooners.
“I’m excited to join Oklahoma Softball because of the people and culture,” said Trautwein. “In the past when playing against OU, they have always been a class-act program with players who genuinely love the game, and they have extended a hand to me to join one of the best teams in history.
“Coach Gasso, Coach (Jen) Rocha, and Coach JT (Gasso) are incredible competitors and people, and they treat others with kindness and grace. I am excited to join the other girls and play hard for my last year!”
The Pflugerville, Texas, product made national news in April 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. She amassed a 46-12 record over the last three seasons and is a four-time member of the C-USA all-conference squad.
Trautwein has been selected to the C-USA’s Honor Roll four times and received her undergraduate degree from UNT in December 2020 and will continue pursuing her MBA at Oklahoma.
The Sooners won their fifth national championship earlier this month by defeating Florida State and accumulated a 56-4 record in 2021.
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