Lawrie, Pohlman Named To Player Of Year Watch List

Jan. 27, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Defending National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie and sophomore Kimi Pohlman were among 50 players named to the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year watch list, the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) announced Wednesday.

Lawrie, a senior in 2010, won the award last year a week before guiding the Huskies to the Women's College World Series title. She became the first player in the eight-year history of the award to claim both Player of the Year and a national title. She went on to be named the Women's College World Series Most Outstanding Player, going 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched.

The Langley, British Columbia, native - who was also the first Canadian to win the award - finished the season with a 42-8 record, a 0.97 ERA and 521 strikeouts, one shy of the Pac-10 single-season record. She led the nation in wins and strikeouts while finishing third in shutouts (21) and sixth in ERA. She set UW single-season records for wins, strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched, games started and complete games and also became UW's career records for strikeouts (1,365), shutouts (41), complete games (108) and innings pitched (888.1) during the season.

Perhaps Lawrie's most impressive performance of the 2009 season, however, was her 24 strikeouts in a 15-inning marathon Regional Final win over UMass in which she threw 251 pitches to send UW into the Super Regionals. Her versatility was also a major factor in Lawrie edging Florida's Stacey Nelson and Arizona State's Kaitlin Cochran for the award as Lawrie batted .268 with seven home runs and 30 RBI during the season, including several clutch hits in the postseason.

The reigning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year will go into the 2010 season ranked fifth in Pac-10 history with 1,365 strikeouts, a mark that also ranks 13th in NCAA history.

Pohlman, meanwhile, was one of just six sophomores named to the watch list after a stellar freshman campaign. The Sammamish, Wash., native earned All-Pac-10 and All-Region honors and was named to the Women's College World Series All-Tournament team after batting .375 with six runs scored.

Pohlman, who figures to take over the leadoff duties in place of the departed three-time All-American Ashley Charters, finished second on the squad with a .360 average, including a .361 mark in Pac-10 games, sixth in the conference overall and tops among rookies. She was nearly impossible to stop on the base paths, swiping 20 bases in 21 attempts, only getting caught in her final attempt of the season in the College World Series.

The left-hander also showed some pop at the plate and a flare for the dramatic. She belted three home runs and drove in 23, including the game-winning RBI in two crucial games. She led the Huskies to an early-season 1-0 victory over eventual Championship Series opponent Florida, driving in the winning run in the ninth inning. Later in the season, she ripped a three-run double in UW's 3-0 win over UCLA, handing Bruins' ace Megan Langenfeld her first loss of the season.

Lawrie and Pohlman joined 10 other Pac-10 players on the list, tying the SEC for most players chosen with 12 each. The Huskies were also one of 14 teams with two players, including UCLA, which was the only school with three on the list.

This year marks the ninth time the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be handed out. The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor for Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher and 2009 winner Lawrie.

The 2010 Pre-Season Watch List is comprised of 50 players representing 35 schools and 14 different NCAA Division I Conferences. The list includes 27 seniors, 17 juniors and six sophomores. The ASA will announce the 25 finalists on April 7. A player does not have to appear on this initial watch list to be considered as a top 25 finalist, however once the top 25 finalists are named the winner of the award will come from that list. Freshmen qualify for the top 25 list once they have competed at the collegiate level.

Just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named and released on May 12. The final three finalists will be announced May 26 while the winner of the 2010 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

2010 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List
(By Conference and Team)

PAC-10 (12)
Stacie Chambers (Arizona) - RS-Junior - Catcher - Glendale, Ariz.
Brittany Lastrapes (Arizona) - Junior - Outfield - Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Krista Donnenwirth (Arizona State) - Junior - SS/Third Base - Mission Viejo, Calif.
Valerie Arioto (California) - Junior - Utility - Pleasanton, Calif.
Neena Bryant (Oregon) -Senior - Outfield - Placentia, Calif.
Alissa Haber (Stanford) - Senior - Outfield- Newark, Calif.
Ashley Hansen (Stanford) - Sophomore - Infield - Chandler, Ariz.
Megan Langenfeld (UCLA) - Senior - Pitcher/First Base - Bakersfield, Calif.
Katie Schroeder (UCLA) - Junior - Outfield - Yorba Linda, Calif.
Kaila Shull (UCLA) -Senior - Catcher/Outfield - Lodi, Calif.
Danielle Lawrie (Washington) - Senior - Pitcher - Langley, British Columbia
Kimi Pohlman (Washington) - Sophomore - Outfield - Sammamish, Wash.

SEC (12)
Kelsi Dunne (Alabama) - Junior - Pitcher - Port Orange, Fla.
Charlotte Morgan (Alabama) - Senior - Pitcher/Utility - Moreno Valley, Calif.
Stephanie Brombacher (Florida) - Junior - Pitcher - Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Francesca Enea (Florida) - Senior - Outfield - Woodland Hills, Calif.
Alisa Goler (Georgia) - Junior - Infield - Frankfort, Ill.
Taylor Schlopy (Georgia) - Junior - Pitcher/Outfield - West Hills, Calif.
Molly Johnson (Kentucky) - Senior -Infield - Tucson, Ariz.
Rachel Mitchell (LSU) - Senior - Outfield - LaPorte, Texas
Kirsten Shortridge (LSU) - Senior - Pitcher/Outfield- Keller, Texas
Chelsea Bramlett (Mississippi State) - Senior - Catcher/Infield - Cordova, Tenn.
Kelly Grieve (Tennessee) - Junior -Outfield -Asheville, N.C.
Tiffany Huff (Tennessee) - Senior - Catcher/First Base - Saugus, Calif.

BIG 10 (5)
Nikki Nemitz (Michigan) - Senior - Pitcher - St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Maggie Viefhaus (Michigan) - Senior - Infielder - Pacific, Mo.
Lauren Delaney (Northwestern) - Senior - Pitcher - Jefferson City, Mo.
Adrienne Monka (Northwestern) - Sophomore - Infield - Rancho Cucamongo, Calif.
Sam Marder (Ohio State) - Senior - Catcher - Calabasas, Calif.

ACC (4)
Sarah Hamilton (Florida State) - Junior - Pitcher - Tallahassee, Fla.
Kelsi Weseman (Georgia Tech) - Sophomore - Infield - Hutto, Texas
Jen Yee (Georgia Tech) - Senior - Second Base - North Delta, British Columbia
Danielle Spaulding (North Carolina) - Senior - First Base/Pitcher - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

BIG 12 (4)
Whitney Canion (Baylor) - Sophomore - Pitcher - Aledo, Texas
Rhea Taylor (Missouri) - Junior - Outfield - Buford, Ga.
Chelsea Thomas (Missouri) - Sophomore - Utility - Pleasantville, Iowa
Amber Flores (Oklahoma) - Senior - Infield - Calexico, Calif.

BIG EAST (3)
Becca Heteniak (DePaul) - Senior - Pitcher - Simi Valley, Calif.
Melissa Roth (Louisville) - Senior - Catcher - Long Beach, Calif.
Kristen Wadwell (Louisville) - Senior - Pitcher/Infield - Sydney, Australia

WAC (3)
Morgan Melloh (Fresno State) - Junior - Pitcher - Fishers, Ind.
Amberley Waits (Louisiana Tech) - Senior - Infield - Cleburne, Texas
Katie Holverson (Nevada) - Senior - Pitcher - Anthem, Ariz.

BIG WEST (2)
Anna Cahn (Cal Poly) - Junior - Pitcher/Designated Player - Los Alamitos, Calif.
Brooke Turner (Long Beach State) - Junior - Pitcher - Buena Park, Calif.

ATLANTIC 10 (1)
Carly Normandin (Massachusetts) - Senior - Outfield - Gardner, Mass.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE (1)
Tara Oltman (Creighton) - Senior - Pitcher - Cortland, Neb.

MOUNTAIN WEST (1)
Jessica Purcell-Fitu (BYU) - Junior - Catcher - Walnut, Calif.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE (1)
Nikki Prier (Jacksonville State) - Senior - Infield - Raleigh, N.C.

SUN BELT (1)
Donna Bourgeois (Louisiana Lafayette) - Junior - Pitcher - Lafayette, La.

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