Lawrie Named Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week
Feb. 17, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior All-American Danielle Lawrie was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday, after leading the No. 3/7 Huskies to a 4-0 record in the Campbell Cartier Classic last weekend in San Diego.
Lawrie, a native of Langley, British Columbia, helped push the Huskies to 9-0 on the season for only the fourth time in program history. The 2008 Olympian went 3-0 over the weekend and did not allow a run in 18.1 innings to extend her scoreless inning streak to 28.1. Lawrie allowed just five hits in three games and struck out 28 batters with just one walk.
In her first start of the weekend, Lawrie pitched a two-hit shutout, recording 12 strikeouts against UC Santa Barbara. In Washington's third game of the weekend against No. 25 San Diego State, she struck out nine more batters allowing only two hits in the contest.
After recording her third strikeout against the Aztecs in Saturday's game, Lawrie became Washington's all-time career strikeout leader with 895, surpassing the old mark set by Jennifer Spediacci (1997-00). In only her third season at Washington, Lawrie now sits alone with 908 career strikeouts.
For the season, Lawrie is 6-0 with a Pac-10 leading 0.35 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 40.1 innings pitched. She is second in the Pac-10 with 64 strikeouts and opponents are batting just .096 against her, which is also tops in the conference.
This is the fifth Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor for Lawrie in her career. She was named the Pitcher of the Week once during her freshman season in 2006 and three times in 2007 when she went on to be named a First Team All-American and lead the Huskies to the Women's College World Series.
On the strength of their second consecutive perfect weekend, the Huskies moved up to No. 3 in this week's ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll and also moved up to No. 7 in the NFCA/USA Today poll.
The Huskies travel to Palm Springs this weekend for the prestigious Cathedral City Classic, which includes a showdown between No. 3 Washington and No. 2 Florida, Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. PT.