Lawrie Closes Pac-10 Career With Record 18th Player Of Week
May 17, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington senior Danielle Lawrie closed the book on an outstanding Pac-10 career in fitting fashion, earning the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the record eighth time in 2010 and 18th time in her career, the conference announced on Monday.
Lawrie won the award the final four weeks of the regular season and in six of the last seven, shattering the old single-season record of six that she set last year and the old career record of 14 previously held by Arizona's Alicia Hollowell.
It was Hollwell's most heralded record that Lawrie broke last weekend in Tempe in a series win over Arizona State. Lawrie struck out seven batters in a 9-0 win on Saturday to become the conference's all-time career strikeout leader. Her nation-leading 20th shutout was also her 131st career win, moving her into sole possession of second on the conference's career victories charts. She also moved just one shutout shy of tying her own single-season school record set last year.
Lawrie went 2-0 over the weekend as UW wrapped up their third conference title with a 17-4 record. She finished the conference season with a 17-2 record and 1.01 ERA, striking out 212 batters while the next-closest pitcher, Arizona's Kenzie Fowler, fanned 106 batters in conference play.
The Langley, B.C., native also continued to stay hot at the plate, going 5-for-11 with eight RBI over the weekend. She hit a home run in each of the first two games, a two-run shot in the first game and a solo shot in the second which proved to be the game-winner, then went 3-for-3 with five RBI in the final game of the weekend. She now has career highs of 14 home runs and 55 RBI this year, both of which lead the squad.
The Pac-10 champion and No. 3 overall seeded Huskies (45-6) make their 17th straight NCAA Tournament appearance this week and their first as the defending National Champions. UW will host an NCAA Regional this weekend, May 21-23, with their first game taking place Friday at 5 p.m. All reserved seats for the weekend are sold out, with limited general admission available. Standing room only tickets will be sold 15 minutes prior to each game for $3.