Lawrie Named National Player of the Year
June 1, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Washington senior Danielle Lawrie became the second player ever to repeat as the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
The 9th Annual Award is considered the most prestigious honors in Division I women's collegiate softball and is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Past winners of this award include UCLA's Stacey Nuveman, Florida State's Jessica Van der Linden, three-time winner Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, Tennessee's Monica Abbott, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher and Lawrie.
'Obviously this is a prestigious award, so I am deeply honored,' said Lawrie. 'I would not have won it if my team didn't do what it has been doing all year. Everyone has performed at a high level all season and Shawna (Wright), as a freshman, has come in and played so well. So, it's tough for me to take the credit. This is a huge honor and I'm extremely thankful.'
Earlier today Lawrie was named a finalist for the Honda Award alongside Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State, Megan Langenfield of UCLA and Jen Yee of Georgia Tech.
Langenfeld and Yee were also finalists for the ASA/USA Softball award.
Lawrie, a senior from Langley, B.C., will lead the Huskies into the 2010 NCAA Women's College World Series, which gets underway Thursday, when Washington faces Georgia. The Huskies, the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in both major polls, won the WCWS championship last year.
Lawrie is currently 40-3 with a 1.00 earned run average and 478 strikeouts in 288.1 innings. She also leads the UW with 15 home runs, 57 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .616. She has already earned first-team All-Pacific Region, first-team All-Pac-10 and was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year for a second straight season. She won the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award a record eight times during the 2010 season and also won five different National Player of the Week honors.