Lawrie Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year

May 13, 2009

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington junior Danielle Lawrie was named the 2009 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year and eight Huskies were named to the All-Pac-10 teams that were released Thursday by the conference.

Lawrie became just the second Husky pitcher ever to earn the honor and the first since Jennifer Spediacci in 2000. Lawrie and senior Ashley Charters were two of 14 players in the conference named to the First Team. Senior Ashlyn Watson and freshman Kimi Pohlman were named to the Second Team while seniors Alicia Blake, Lauren Greer and Marnie Koziol along with sophomore Morgan Stuart were named honorable mention.

Pohlman and Niki Williams were also named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team while Felecia Harris earned honorable mention All-Freshman.

Lawrie has put together an incredible junior season, leading the Huskies to a 41-10 overall record and a 14-7 conference mark, good for second-place, their highest conference finish since 2000. Lawrie led the Pac-10 in nearly every pitching category including ERA (0.78), strikeouts (398), opposing batting average (.123), innings pitched (260), wins (32) and shutouts (18). She threw two no-hitters in Pac-10 play, the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since 2003. Her no-hitters also came against two of the top teams in the country as she held No. 2 UCLA and No. 9 Arizona hitless to become the first pitcher in NCAA history to no-hit both teams in either a season or a career.

The junior from Langley, B.C., also broke a Pac-10 record this season when she was named Pitcher of the Week six times. She has gone past the 1,000- and 1,200-strikeout marks for her career this season and currently ranks sixth all-time in Pac-10 history with 1,242 heading into the postseason.

Charters, meanwhile, was one of the most dominant offensive forces in the conference this season, finishing the regular season second in overall average (.455) and first in conference average (.479). She also ranks second in stolen bases (33), third in hits (76), fourth in runs (54) and on base percentage (.521) and eighth in slugging percentage (.665). Her 34 hits in conference play ranked first while she tied for the lead with 13 steals. She also ranked third in on base percentage (.526) fourth in runs (20) and fifth in doubles (5) against conference opponents.

The infielder from Beaverton, Ore., hit safely in 16 of 21 conference games which included 13 multi-hit games. She also showed her clutch hitting ability with a walk-off home run to give UW a 3-2 win over No. 10 Arizona State.

Watson has saved her best for last, posting career highs in nearly every offensive category. She leads the Huskies in home runs (10) and RBI (35) and her .372 average ranks second on the team. Pohlman, meanwhile, was one of the top freshmen in the conference, batting .362 with 23 runs scored and going a perfect 17-for-17 on stolen base attempts. She ranked second among all freshmen in overall average and her .361 average in conference play led all rookies.

Blake, a senior catcher from Olympia, Wash., was one of the top backstops in the conference, throwing out 14 runners attempting to steal and picking off four runners, both of which led the league. She also hit .268 with 24 RBI. Greer and Koziol, both outfielders, have both been solid contributers at the plate, with Greer driving in 18 runs and Koziol ranking fourth on the team with 21 runs. Stuart, an infielder from Riverside, Calif., is fourth on the team with a .316 average and leads the team with 12 doubles, a number which ranks eighth in the Pac-10.

Williams, meanwhile, joined Pohlman on the All-Freshman team after having a solid rookie campaign, batting .293 with 18 runs and 18 RBI while ripping seven doubles and two home runs. Harris earned honorable mention after being a factor in the circle and at the plate, going 7-2 with a 3.12 ERA while blasting four home runs and driving in 19 runs.

Charters was named to the First Team for the third straight year after being a Second Team selection in 2005. Lawrie earned her second First Team nod as she was also a Second Teamer her freshman year. For Watson, it is her first All-Pac-10 honor.

Blake earned her second Pac-10 honor after being named to the Second Team last year while Stuart moved up to the Second Team after being honorable mention in 2008. Both Greer and Koziol earned their second consecutive honorable mention selection.

The Huskies begin postseason play this week when they take on Sacred Heart on Friday at 2 p.m. PT. The overall No. 3 team in the 64-team tournament, the Huskies are looking to make their ninth Women's College World Series appearance.

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