Lawrie Makes History With Sixth Pac-10 Honor
May 5, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - No. 4/5 Washington's junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie made history Tuesday as she was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the sixth time this season, becoming the first pitcher in history to win the award six times in a single season.
The record-breaking award was fitting as it came days after a record-setting week in which Lawrie no-hit No. 2 UCLA to become the first pitcher in NCAA history to hold both UCLA and Arizona hitless in the same season, something no pitcher has ever done in a career either. She then went on to win three more games over the weekend against Oregon and Oregon State to compile a 4-0 record and 0.57 ERA over the week.
Lawrie capped her weekend with an 18-strikeout performance in seven innings against Oregon. The junior had an 18-strikeout game earlier this season which came in an 11-inning game. She also went over the 1,200-strikeout mark for her career in the game, becoming the 25th pitcher in NCAA history to accomplish the feat. With more than one full season remaining in her career, she already ranks sixth all-time in Pac-10 history and 20th in NCAA history with her 1,215 career Ks.
Saturday's shutout over Oregon State also gave her 17 on the season, which broke the UW single-season record and put her three shy of the career record. Her 17 shutouts rank second in the nation this season, while she ranks second in ERA (0.76), fourth in wins (30) and fourth in strikeouts (371).
With her sixth honor, Lawrie broke a tie with current Stanford pitcher Missy Penna, former UCLA standout Keira Goerl and former Arizona star Alicia Hollowell, who all previously earned five Pitcher of the Week honors in their careers. Penna has earned her five this season.
Lawrie is also approaching Hollowell's mark for career weekly honors as she had 14 in her illustrious career.
Washington has earned 68 Player of the Week honors overall, third all-time in the conference.
The No.4/5 Huskies stay home this weekend for their final three regular season games with a chance to win their third Pac-10 title. UW will face No. 2/4 and conference-leading Stanford on Thursday at 1 p.m. and No. 12/13 California on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at Noon. The Huskies need to win all three games and hope for a Friday-Saturday split between UCLA and Stanford, along with a UCLA loss to Cal Thursday, to win the conference.