Three Huskies Earn All-America Honors
May 30, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.-- Fifty-four players have been named to the 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America first, second and third teams, including senior first baseman Dena Tyson and sophomore utility/pitcher Danielle Lawrie to the first team and junior shortstop Ashley Charters to the second team as an at-large shortstop. All three teams were selected by NFCA-member, NCAA Division I coaching representatives, based on nominations from the 2007 season.
Tyson picks up her first All-America award after leading the Huskies to a third place Pac-10 finish and the team's first Women's College World Series appearance since 2004. Tyson, a fifth-year senior, made the move to first base this season after being a three-year starter in left field. Tyson, a three-time Pac-10 Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week, ranks among the nation's top-20 in three categories, including eighth in slugging percentage, 13th in home runs per game and 18th in walks. The slugger from Corona, Calif., ranks among the Pac-10 top-10 in five categories, including third in slugging percentage (.804), on-base percentage (.544), walks (40) and home runs (17) and fourth in batting average (.406).
Lawrie also picks up her first All-America award after leading Washington with a 29-11 record and 1.54 earned run average. The Langley, British Columbia native set school records with 20 strikeouts in a game twice this season and 422 total strikeouts, becoming the first person in UW history to amass 400-plus strikeouts in a season. A three-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, Lawrie ranks among the league's top-10 in seven categories, including first in strikeouts looking (120), second in saves (3) and ERA, third in opponent batting average, wins and strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched (255). She has also proven her ability to swing the bat, ranking 10th in the Pac-10 with a .579 slugging percentage and second on the squad with a .307 batting average and 10 home runs. Lawrie has had 24 double-digit strikeout performances this season, including seven games with 15 or more strikeouts.
Charters earned her second All-America award after being a third team at-large short stop selection last season. The Newberg, Ore., native ranks on the UW top-10 career list in four categories, including fourth in average (.378), steals (93) and triples (10), and fourth in on-base percentage (.446). She leads the squad with 75 hits, 56 runs, four triples and 33 steals, while ranking second with a .393 average. Charters has had 22 multi-hit games this season, including four games with three or more hits. She ranks among the Pac-10's top-10 in seven categories, including third in triples, fourth in steals, fifth in runs and hits, sixth in batting average, eighth in on-base percentage (.470) and 10th in total bases (111).
The trio will lead the sixth seeded Huskies in their quest for the program's first national title when the team opens the Women's College World Series vs. No. 14 seed DePaul on Thursday at 10 a.m. (PT). The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and on KKNW 1150 AM.
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