Softball Ace Lawrie Named to ESPN Preseason All-America Team

Feb. 6, 2009

SEATTLE - University of Washington junior pitcher Danielle Lawrie was named to ESPN's Preseason All-America Team, the second major preseason honor for the All-America pitcher.

Lawrie, who was a First-Team All-American in 2007 after leading the Huskies to the Women's College World Series, was one of 12 players and three pitchers named to the 2009 preseason team. She returns to the circle for the Huskies after taking the 2008 season off while she pitched for the Canadian National Team in the 2008 Olympic Games. Lawrie was also one of 50 players named to the Player to Watch list for the USA Softball National Player of the Year Award along with teammate Ashley Charters.

The Langley, British Columbia, native broke her own single-season school strikeout record in 2007, fanning 457 batters. She is just 50 strikeouts shy of breaking the career strikeout record of 894 in just two years of work.

Lawrie was named to the 2007 Women's College World Series All-Tournament team after throwing a no-hitter in the team's opening game followed by a one-hitter in the team's second game. The Huskies advanced to the national semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Arizona.

No. 1.5/21 Washington opens its 2009 campaign today at the Red Desert Classic in St. George, Utah. The Huskies take on No. 12/13 Tennessee at Noon PT followed by a clash with BYU at 2:30.

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