Lawrie Earns Third Pac-10 Honor of Season
March 17, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior All-American Danielle Lawrie has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season after going 3-0 in the Judi Garman Classic last week in Fullerton, Calif.
Lawrie allowed just one run and five hits in 27.1 innings while striking out 47 batters. She allowed just five walks in her four appearances.
All three of Lawrie's wins came against ranked teams, including a one-hit shutout of No. 8 Michigan, which came into the game averaging 4.6 runs per game and had been shut out just twice all season. Lawrie struck out 13 in the contest and did not walk a batter, leading UW to a 1-0 win. It was Lawrie's third one-hit shutout of the season.
The following day, Lawrie allowed just two hits in 11 innings and struck out 18 batters as UW upended No. 24 Fresno State. She did not allow a hit in the four extra innings to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard and help the Huskies earn a 3-0 victory. It marked Lawrie's 12th shutout of the season, which already ranks second on UW's single-season charts.
Lawrie's 18 strikeouts marks the fifth time in her career she's had 18 or more Ks in a game. She struck out 19 twice in a game her freshman year, once in a seven-inning game against Arizona State and again in a 12-inning contest against UCLA. In 2007, Lawrie recorded 20 strikeouts twice, once in seven-inning victory over South Florida and again in a nine-inning game vs. LSU.
Lawrie also earned a victory over No. 25 Florida State last weekend, allowing just two hits and striking out 12 in a 4-1 win. For the season, she is 18-1 with a Conference-low 0.27 ERA. She also leads the league in strikeouts with 208.
This marks Lawrie's seventh Pac-10 Player of the Week honor which matches Arizona great Jennie Finch. With 47 strikeouts last weekend, Lawrie also passed Finch in career Ks with 1,052 to break into the Pac-10s all-time top 10 in that category.
Washington has earned 63 Player of the Week honors overall, third all-time in the conference.
The No. 3 Huskies stay home this for a weekend series against New Mexico, with two games Saturday, March 21 starting at Noon and just one game on Sunday, March 22 also at Noon.