Photo by Jeff Vorva
Nicole Nonnemacher had one of the greatest individual accomplishments in NAIA history as she threw a perfect game and struck out all 15 batters in a 9-0 five-inning win over Trinity International University on April 14.
At 3 p.m. on April 14, St. Xavier pitcher Nicole Nonnemacher walked onto the mound at her school and began throwing warmup pitches before a battle against Trinity International University.
An hour and 13 minutes later, she made history.
The junior pitcher, who was named NAIA Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore, not only threw a perfect game against TIU, she struck out all 15 batters she faced in the five-inning, 9-0 victory.
She threw just 57 pitches and 50 were for strikes. Trinity made contact just five times -- all foul balls.
Nonnemacher, a native of Bloomington, is just the second pitcher in NAIA history to throw a perfect game and strike out all 15 batters in a five-inning game. Emily Guess of Central Baptist Arkansas fanned 15 in a 27-0 victory over Hillside Free Will Baptist (Okla.) on April 18, 2011. Guess also fanned 15 in a five-inning game against Crowley’s Ridge (Ark.) in a 13-0 win four days later.
It was Nonnemacher’s second career perfect game for the Cougars. Mathematics, however, prevented her from breaking her own school record for strikeouts as she fanned 18 neighboring Trinity Christian College batters On March 17 in a one-hit performance during a 5-0 victory.
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