Danielle Lawrie Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week

April 4, 2006

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Washington freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie has been named the Pac-10 Softball Pitcher of the Week for Mar. 28-Apr. 3, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

The Langley, BC., native struck out 24 batters in two appearances over the weekend to become the fastest pitcher in UW history to amass 200 strikeouts. Lawrie picked up her 200th strikeout in 134.2 innings. Sophomore Caitlin Noble had set the record last season, needing 138.1 innings to pick up 200 strikeouts.

Lawrie went 1-1 over the weekend with a tough 1-0 loss to Stanford on Saturday, despite allowing no earned runs. She struck out 12 batters in the complete game loss, allowing only three hits.

In a six-inning, 8-0 run rule victory over the Cardinal on Sunday, Lawrie struck out 12 and allowed six hits, four of which were bunts. Stanford had not suffered a run-rule loss since May 1, 2005, and had not lost by more than three runs all season. She amassed a perfect 0.00 ERA and struck out 10 batters looking over the weekend.

Washington's first Canadian softball player, Lawrie has spent four years with the Canadian National Team. She beat Team USA at the 2005 World Cup, tossing a complete game and striking out seven. Lawrie was the only freshman named to the 2006 USA Softball Pre-Season Watch List, comprised of the top 50 players in collegiate softball.

Washington (1-2, 26-10), hosts Portland State Wednesday before traveling to the Arizona schools this weekend as conference play continues.

This is Lawrie's first Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award and Washington's 55th weekly honor all-time.

ALSO NOMINATED: Katie Burkhart, ASU; Kristina Thorson, CAL; Brianne McGowan, OSU; Missy Penna, STAN; Anjelica Selden, UCLA.

2006 PAC-10 SOFTBALL PITCHERS OF THE WEEK: Feb. 14 - Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 21- Alicia Hollowell, ARIZ; Feb. 28- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 7- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 14- Anjelica Selden, UCLA; Mar. 21- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Mar. 28- Taryne Mowatt, ARIZ; Apr. 4- Danielle Lawrie, WASH.

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