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It’s been almost 40 years since DI college softball became an NCAA championship sport. In the time since, softball fans have been treated year in and year out to record-setting moments and legendary careers with some of those records continuing to stand in the present day.

That made us a little curious. Which records would be the hardest to break? I scanned the entirety of the NCAA record book — all 58 pages of it — and came up with nine milestones that we think are the most untouchable in the game. Take a look for yourself. If there’s another you think we should include, send us an email to let us know and why it should be added to this list.

First, the TL/DR version:

  • Hope Trautwein’s (North Texas) 21-strikeout, seven-inning perfect game — April 11, 2021
  • Krys Bondarenko’s (Canisius) and Michelle LaFornara’s (Cornell) seven hits in a seven-inning game — May 1, 1985 and March 19, 1995
  • Jennie Finch’s (Arizona) 60 consecutive wins — April 29, 2000 through April 6, 2002
  • Nicole Barber’s (Georgia) 219 games without an error — 2001 through 2004
  • Kelly Brookhart’s (Creighton) and Janet Womack’s (Utah) 31 innings pitched in a single game — May 11 and May 12, 1991
  • Sara Graziano’s (Coastal Carolina) 43-game hitting streak — April 8, 1993 to March 24, 1994
  • Michele Granger’s (California) 25 career no-hitters — 1989 through 1993
  • Amber Schisler’s (Campbell) 26 consecutive plate appearances reaching base — May 5-17, 2017
  • Danielle Henderson’s (UMass) 105 consecutive scoreless innings — March 16, 1999 to May 2, 1999

And now onto the list.

Hope Trautwein’s 21-strikeout, 7-inning perfect game — April 11, 2021

The recency of Trautwein’s record lands her the first spot on this list. Only two other players had ever struck out 21 batters in a seven-inning game before Trautwein. Not only did she fan all 21 batters, but the North Texas pitcher also tossed a perfect game for good measure. She needed only 78 pitches start to finish and never faced a three-ball count. In fact, only three at-bats even got to two balls. Of her 21 strikeouts, 17 were of the swinging variety, including the first 10 batters as well as six of the final nine. There might not even be a term yet to describe Trautwein’s newly attained level of perfection. I guess we’ll settle for now by calling this performance pure dominance.

NEXT-LEVEL PERFECTION: North Texas’ Trautwein throws a first-of-its-kind perfect game

Krys Bondarenko’s and Michelle LaFornara’s 7 hits in 7 innings — May 1, 1985 and March 19, 1995

Disclaimer: Alabama’s Carrie Moreman owns the DI single-game hits record with eight. However, that was also a 19-inning game. Bondarenko and LaFornara get the nod here for racking up seven hits in seven innings each. You might be wondering how much offensive firepower goes into a games like these and that’s a fair question. The short answer is a lot. The long answer is 48 runs for Canisius in 1985 and 43 runs for Cornell in 1995. Bondarenko’s performance is noteworthy for its individual and team records. The Griffins’ NCAA records for single-game scoring and margin of victory are both intact. As for LaFornara, the Cornell star hit for the cycle with two doubles, a triple and a home run to complement a trio of base hits.

Jennie Finch’s 60 consecutive wins — April 29, 2000 through April 6, 2002