Lawrie Breaks Pac-10 Record With 15th Player Of Week Honor
April 26, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Danielle Lawrie set a new Pac-10 record on Monday when she was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the 15th time in her career, also nearing the single-season record with her fifth honor this year.
Lawrie passes former Arizona standout Alicia Hollowell for the career record. The Langley, B.C., native won the award six times last year, three times in 2007 as a sophomore and once her freshman year. She is now just one shy of tying her own single-season record.
The senior tied a conference record on Sunday by firing her third perfect game of the season to cap an incredible weekend against No. 13/17 Cal. She did not allow a run in her 17 innings pitched to give her a streak of 25-straight scoreless. She allowed just three hits and struck out 32 batters while walking just four all weekend.
On Friday she threw a 10-inning, three-hit shutout with a season-high 18 strikeouts, throwing 173 pitches in the game. She struck out six Cal batters at least twice in the game, including fanning a pair of Golden Bears four times each. She did not allow a hit for six consecutive innings until the Bears got a leadoff double in the 10th, but she retired the next three batters, including the final two on strikeouts, to end the game with UW on top, 1-0.
After getting a much-deserved day off from the circle, she came back Sunday and threw her third perfect game of the season and fourth of her career - one shy of the conference record - striking out 14 in a 4-0 win to give UW the series and keep them in first. She struck out five different Cal batters at least twice, fanning the side in the fourth and seventh innings and striking out eight of nine batters over one stretch.
During the weekend, Lawrie passed Arizona State's Katie Burkhart to move into second all-time in Pac-10 history for career strikeouts and is now just 76 shy of the all-time record. She has now struck out 10 or more in seven of her last eight starts in Pac-10 play to give her 17 double-digit strikeout performances this year.
Lawrie is 27-2 on the year with 327 strikeouts, the latter of which ranks fourth in UW history. She owns the top three spots herself, including a school-record 521 last year. With her two shutouts over the weekend, she also moved into second on the UW single-season charts, five shy of her record 21 shutouts set last year. Her 16 shutouts lead the country.
Lawrie has now earned the honor three times in the last four weeks. This marks Washington's 75th all-time Pac-10 accolade.
The first-place Huskies (37-5, 9-3) return home this weekend to host Oregon State in a three-game series. The weekend kicks off Friday with a 6 p.m. contest followed by a 4 p.m. game on Saturday. Sunday's game, which is already sold out, takes place at Noon. All three games can be heard on local radio - with Friday and Saturday's games on KKNW 1150 AM and Sunday's on KIXI 880 AM - while Saturday and Sunday's games can be seen live on UWTV.