Lawrie Named Top-10 Finalist For Player of the Year
May 6, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Washington junior Danielle Lawrie was one of 10 players across the nation today named as finalists for the 8th Annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA).
The list of 10 players from 10 different schools is comprised of five seniors, four juniors and one sophomore, one of which will be given what is widely considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball. The award, which has been won by such greats as UCLA's Stacey Nuveman and Texas' Cat Osterman, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
Lawrie is one of three pitchers to make the final 10 and one of four players from the Pac-10 Conference. The All-American is having a record-breaking season, compiling a 30-5 record and a 0.76 ERA with 371 strikeouts in 241.00 innings. She ranks second in the country in ERA, fourth in wins and strikeouts and also ranks second nationally with 17 shutouts.
The season has been full of records and accomplishments for the Langley, British Columbia, native, who broke the school's career strikeout record early in the season and recently broke the UW single-season record for shutouts. She has also thrown two no-hitters this season and they've come against two of the top teams in the country. Her no-no's against No. 2 UCLA and No. 7 Arizona make her the first pitcher in NCAA history to hold both teams hitless in not just a season but also a career.
Lawrie has 20 double-digit strikeout games this season, including two games with 18 Ks. She struck out 18 in an 11-inning win over Fresno State in non-conference play, then struck out 18 in seven innings last weekend against Oregon. In addition to her two no-hitters, she also has four one-hitters and 10 two-hitters.
The hardware has already been rolling in for Lawrie this season as she has been named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week a record six times. She was also named the National Player of the Week back in February by both the NFCA and USA Softball.
In terms of strikeouts, Lawrie is quickly moving up the all-time charts in the NCAA and Pac-10 annals. After going over the 1,200 mark last weekend to become just the 25th player in NCAA history to reach the milestone, Lawrie is already up to No. 20 all-time in Division I history as well as No. 6 all time in the Pac-10, which has boasted some of the greatest hurlers the game has ever seen.
The three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced May 20th while the winner of the award will be announced prior to the start of the 2009 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.
2009 Top 10 Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
Name - School - Year - Position - Hometown
Stacie Chambers (Arizona) - Junior - Catcher - Glendale, Az.
Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State) - Senior- Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) - Junior - Infield - Calexico, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) - Sophomore - Infield - Frankfort, Ill.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) - Junior - Pitcher - Langley, British Columbia
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) - Junior- Pitcher/Utility - Moreno Valley, Calif.
Stacey Nelson (Florida) - Senior - Pitcher - Los Alamitos, Calif.
Amber Patton (DePaul) - Senior - Third Base - Forsyth, Ill.
Missy Penna (Stanford) - Senior - Pitcher/Infield - Miami, Fla.
Tammy Williams (Northwestern) - Senior - Infield - Roscoe, Mo.