Lawrie Earns National Player Of The Week After Sweep Of Arizona

April 13, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The honors keep rolling in for Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week Tuesday after winning three games against then-No. 2 Arizona over the weekend.

The senior from Langley, B.C., earned her second weekly honor from USA Softball this year after going 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 21 innings against a Wildcat team that came into the weekend leading the nation in scoring. She held Arizona to just one run and five hits in a 2-1 series opening win on Friday, striking out 14, before shutting out UA on just two hits with 12 strikeouts on Saturday. She held Arizona scoreless through the first four innings on Sunday and struck out 13 in the game total as UW won 9-3 to sweep a season series from the Wildcats for the first time in history.

'This is an extremely big honor to receive this award. I am so proud of how our team played last weekend. (Catcher) Shawna Wright and I just connected really well and when our offense gets going like they did, it pumps me up,' said Lawrie. 'Whenever I see a lot of runs on the board for us, it makes me want to do everything in my power to stop the other team from putting runs on the board. I was so proud of our offense this weekend for putting up that many runs against a great team like Arizona.'

Lawrie has now been named the National Player of the Week three times in her career and after being named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week yesterday, she is tied for the all-time conference record with 14 weekly honors. Last year, Lawrie was named the USA Softball National Player of the Year and she was recently named one of 25 finalists for the award this year.

'Anytime you have a student-athlete recognized for their achievements it's an honor. For USA Softball to recognize Danielle twice in one season is an incredible honor,' said Washington Head Coach Heather Tarr. 'It speaks to her work ethic and competitive drive, but it also recognizes what our team achieved this weekend, and I know Danielle would be the first to put the team's accomplishments ahead of her own, that's the type of person she is.'

The No. 1 Huskies (33-3) hit the road this weekend for a first-place battle with No. 21 Oregon, which is tied atop the Pac-10 standings with the Huskies at 5-1. The series kicks off Friday in Eugene at 6 p.m. and continues with a 1 p.m. game Saturday and a Noon contest on Sunday.

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