National, Conference Honors Roll in for Lawrie
Feb. 24, 2009
Washington junior All-American Danielle Lawrie has been rewarded for one of the best three-game stretches of her career last weekend, being named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Conference Pitcher of the Week, the organizations announced on Tuesday.
Lawrie earned the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the second consecutive week and sixth time in her career and earned her first career National Player of the Week honors. The Huskies are off to the best start in program history at 14-0 and moved into the No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll earlier this morning.
'It's definitely a really cool honor,' Lawrie (Langley, British Columbia) said. 'At the same time I have to give thanks to my teammates because if we don't win and we don't score runs then this isn't possible. They are the ones who make me look good. If you don't score, you don't win.'
The All-American led the No. 1 Huskies to a 5-0 record in the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs last weekend, going 3-0 without allowing a run in 24 innings to extend her consecutive scoreless innings streak to 52.1. In three starts over the weekend, she allowed just five hits and struck out 43 batters while not allowing run.
Two of Lawrie's shutouts came in extra-inning wins over ranked teams, including a nine-inning, two-hit shutout of No. 2 Florida. The junior struck out 12 Gators and allowed just two bunt singles to a team which came into the game batting nearly .400 as the Huskies squeaked out a 1-0 victory.
After taking the day off on Saturday, Lawrie came back at full strength Sunday and fired back-to-back shutouts over Nebraska and now-No. 20 Ohio State. She struck out an incredible 31 batters in the two games combined while allowing just three hits.
Against the Cornhuskers, Lawrie allowed a leadoff single in the first then proceeded to retire the final 21 batters of the game, just missing her second career perfect game and third career no-hitter. She struck out 15 batters in the 6-0 win, getting at least two Ks in each inning.
Lawrie turned around 15 minutes later and threw a two-hit, eight-inning shutout against the No. 23 Buckeyes, striking out 16 batters. The Huskies earned a 1-0 walk-off victory on Ashley Charters' single in the eighth to improve to 14-0 this season.
For the season, the Langley, British Columbia , native is 9-0 with a miniscule 0.22 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 64.1 innings and recording six shutouts. She has also shown great control, striking out 107 batters and walking just 11, and needs just 49 more Ks to reach 1,000 in her career.
Lawrie has also contributed with her bat this season, collecting three hits in eight at-bats (.375) and driving in two runs, including her first home run of the season against Nebraska.
This is the sixth 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.
The No. 1Huskies stay home this weekend to host the Husky Softball Classic, Feb. 27-March 1, featuring Boise State, Portland State and Seattle. UW's first game is Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. against Seattle at Husky Softball Stadium.
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