UCLA's Langenfeld and Washington's Lawrie Named Top Three Finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award
May 28, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - UCLA senior first baseman/pitcher Megan Langenfeld and WASHINGTON senior pitcher Danielle Lawrie are among the top three finalists for the ninth Annual USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year Award, USA Softball announced today. They are joined by Georgia Tech’s Jenn Yee on the final ballot.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. The winner of this year’s award will be named on Tuesday, June 1 at the Opening Ceremonies of the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lawrie, the 2009 USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, looks to repeat as this season’s inner and become only the second player in the history of the award to win the honor twice. The senior from Langley, B.C. is a first team All-Pacific Region, first team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year this season. She was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week a record eight times and also earned USA Softball Player of the Week honors a record three times this season. Lawrie is 38-3 on the season with 451 strikeouts and just 35 walks in 274.1 innings pitched. She set the Pac-10 career strikeout record, having thrown 1,816 K’s to date. Lawrie has thrown a nation-best 22 shutouts to break her own single-season school record and is 19-3 against ranked teams this season. At the plate, Lawrie led the Huskies in home runs (15), RBI (57) and slugging percentage (.627), all of which are career highs. Lawrie and the Huskies are currently hosting Oklahoma in the Super Regionals and are down 0-1 in the best-of-three series.
Langenfeld is the third Bruin to be named a top-three finalist since the inception of the award in 2002. The Bakersfield, Calif., native was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, First Team All-West Region and First Team All-Pac-10. Langenfeld enters Super Regional play this weekend against Louisiana-Lafayette leading the Bruins with a .500 batting average, 49 RBI, a 1.037 slugging percentage, 38 walks and a .650 on base percentage. She has also hit 16 home runs and has scored 40 runs. In the circle, Langenfeld is 10-1 with three saves, a 1.29 ERA and has thrown 56 strikeouts in 87 innings pitched. The Bruins are set to host Louisiana-Lafayette in the Super Regional beginning on Saturday in May 29 Los Angeles, Calif.
For more information about USA Softball and the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, visit www.usasoftball.com .