Huskies Sweep Pac-10 Softball Awards
April 7, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After their first home sweep of the Arizona schools since 2000, the Washington softball team was rewarded by sweeping the Pac-10 weekly awards as well, with senior Ashley Charters earning Player of the Week and junior Danielle Lawrie earning Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.
The No. 3 Huskies defeated No. 9 Arizona on Friday, 6-0, and No. 4 Arizona State by scores of 11-3 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday to move into a tie for second place in the conference. Lawrie earned all three victories in the circle, including a no-hitter on Friday, and Charters led the Huskies with a .636 average over the weekend , including a walk-off home run in Sunday's win over the Sun Devils.
Lawrie, who earned her fourth Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor this season and eighth of her career, became the first pitcher since 2000 to no-hit Arizona. She held the nation's leader in batting average, scoring, home runs and slugging percentage to no hits while striking out 12 and walking just one to miss a perfect game by one batter. She went on to hold down the Sun Devils offense - which came in as the nation's second-leading scoring offense - in two more victories to up her record to 22-3 this season.
Charters, meanwhile, continued her torrid pace at the plate, extending her career-best hitting streak to 16 games and her unbelievable streak of consecutive games with at least two hits to nine games. She had seven hits in 11 at-bats over the weekend and scored five runs to move up to No. 2 all time in UW history. She scored all three of the Huskies' runs in their victory Sunday, including her second-career walk-off home run.
The senior All-American's recent run has moved her up to No. 2 in the Pac-10 with a .462 batting average on the season. She is batting .565 in Pac-10 games and .617 in her last nine games.
Lawrie, meanwhile, struck out 25 batters last week to give her 267 this season which already ranks No. 5 on the UW single-season charts. She owns the UW single-season record with 457 strikeouts in 2007 and also owns UW's career record with 1,111, which is just 89 shy of joining the 1,200 K club, which only 23 other pitchers in NCAA history have joined.
Charters' honor is her second this season and the second of her career. Lawrie and Stanford pitcher Missy Penna have both been named Pitcher of the Week four times this season, combining for eight of the nine 2009 honors. The Huskies have earned 66 Player and Pitcher of the Week honors in their history, third all-time.
UW travels to Los Angeles this weekend to face No. 7 UCLA, Friday and Saturday both at 1 p.m.