Husky Trio Named To All-Pacific Region Teams

May 17, 2007

SEATTLE-- Three University of Washington softball players have been named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Pacific Region teams, including first team selections Danielle Lawrie and Dena Tyson and second team honoree Ashley Charters. It marks the first time Washington has had two players named to the first team since the 2000 season.

The trio is now eligible for All-America honors, which will be announced during the week of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla. Charters was a third-team All-America at-large selection last season.

Charters, a junior short stop, earns her all-region award after ranking among the league's top-10 in six categories, including third in triples (3) and runs (51), fourth in steals (31), fifth in hits (67), sixth in batting average (.394) and seventh in on-base percentage. She ranks fourth on the UW all-time career list with a .378 average and 91 stolen bases, while ranking fifth with nine triples and sixth with a .447 on-base percentage.

Lawrie, a sophomore utility/pitcher earns her first all-region award after picking up three Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors this season and being a top-25 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year. She ranks among the Pac-10's top-10 in six categories, including first in strikeouts looking (104), second in saves (3) and third in earned run average (1.54), opponent batting average (.171), wins (24) and strikeouts (373). She ranks third on the UW career chart with 760 career strikeouts, while her 373 strikeouts this season rank second on the Husky single-season list. Lawrie broke the school's single-game strikeout record earlier this season when she fanned 20 against USF in seven innings on Feb. 18. She broke the school's extra inning strikeout record two weeks later when she fanned 20 vs. LSU in nine innings on Mar. 3.

Tyson, a senior first baseman, picks up her first all-region award after ranking among the nation's top-10 in three categories. She ranks third in the country with a .831 slugging percentage, while ranking seventh in home runs per game and ninth in batting average (.427). Tyson is a two-time Pac-10 Player of the Week selection and a USA Softball National Player of the Week. She ranks second in the conference in slugging percentage, third in batting average, on-base percentage (.556) and home runs (17), fourth in total bases (108) and fifth in walks (34).

The Huskies, who received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, open play Friday vs. Creighton at 2 p.m. (PT) in Lincoln, Neb. All of Washington's postseason games will be broadcast live on KKNW 1150 AM through the Washington ISP Network. The radio broadcast along with live video streaming can be accessed on the Dawg Channel at gohuskies.com.

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