Lawrie Earns National, Conference Player Of The Week Awards
Feb. 16, 2010
SEATTLE - Reigning National Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie made a big statement on the opening weekend of the 2010 softball season that she's not ready to give up her crown as college softball's top player, earning both the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week and NFCA/Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week along with earning Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honors.
The senior had a nearly flawless opening weekend, going 3-0 with three complete-game shutouts to go along with one save. She did not allow a run in 21.0 innings and allowed just four total hits. Most impressive was her strikeouts-to-walks ratio as the Langley, B.C., native struck out 45 batters and walked just one.
Lawrie started the weekend in style with the first seven-inning perfect game of her career - and just the second in Husky history - striking out 16 of the 21 batters she faced in a 5-0 season-opening win. After earning a save in a 4-3 win over Ohio in which she struck out all three batters she faced on a total of 10 pitches, Lawrie came back that night and threw a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts in an 8-0 win over Nevada. After resting her arm Saturday, Lawrie capped the weekend with a one-hit shutout, striking out 13 with no walks in a 5-0 win over Notre Dame.
As if that weren't enough, Lawrie also led No. 1-ranked UW's offense, belting a team-high four home runs and driving in nine runs. She hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot, in the win over Auburn, then had a career-day Saturday against Cal State Northridge, blasting a grand slam and a two-run home run for a career high six RBI. She added her fourth home run of the weekend - a solo shot which came immediately after fellow Canadian Jenn Salling's grand slam - in the win over Notre Dame. Lawrie, who hit seven home runs all last year, batted .400 (6-for-15) and slugged 1.200 over the opening weekend.
The Pac-10 award is the 11th of Lawrie's career. She set a single-season record last year, being named Pitcher of the Week six times. The USA Softball and NFCA/Louisville Slugger weekly awards are each the second of her career as she also swept the awards after the third week of the season last year.
Lawrie became the first Husky ever to win the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award last year and is looking to become just the second player in the nine-year history of the award to win it more than once.
The Huskies retained their No. 1 ranking in each of the national polls, earning a unanimous No. 1 ranking for the second straight week from the NFCA and earning 20-of-20 first-place votes this week in the USA Today/ESPN.com poll after earning 19-of-20 in the preseason poll.
UW travels down to San Diego this weekend for the Campbell Cartier Classic. They open up play on Friday against Utah State at 9 a.m.