Four Huskies Earn All-Region Honors
May 14, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Four players from the No. 3 Washington softball team were named to the All-Pacific Region first team as announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Thursday, making all four eligible to earn All-American status later this season.
The teams honor student-athletes from 10 NFCA regions. A total of 264 players from 121 different institutions comprise the regional teams.
The all-region teams were chosen by NFCA member coaches from each region, and all the honorees are now eligible for selection to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America first, second or third teams, which will be announced on May 27.
The Huskies were one of three teams with four players on the 25-person All-Pacific Region team, joining BYU and Nevada.
The two-time All-American Charters was named All Region for the third time while Lawrie was named All-Region for the second time in her career. Both Pohlman and Watson earned All-Region honors for the first time. All four were also named All-Pac-10 on Wednesday, with Charters and Lawrie earning first team honors and Pohlman and Watson earning second team honors.
Charters leads the Huskies in average (.455), hits (76), runs (54), walks (24) and stolen bases (33). She ranks in the top-25 nationally in several categories, including 10th in average, 13th in runs per game (1.06), 17th in stolen bases and 21st in on base percentage (.521). She broke Washington's all-time stolen base record earlier this season, and is approaching records in hits, runs and triples as she sits No. 2 all-time in UW history in both categories.
Lawrie, meanwhile, has been among the nation's leaders in all the major pitching categories throughout the season. She goes into postseason play with a 32-6 record and a 0.78 ERA while striking out 398 batters in 260.0 innings. She ranks second in the country in ERA and shutouts (18) and third in victories, strikeouts and Ks per seven innings (10.7). She has thrown two no-hitters this season which came against No. 2 UCLA and No. 9 Arizona to make her the first pitcher in NCAA history to hold both teams hitless in a career, let alone a season. She has already broken UW's career strikeout record in just three seasons and has a chance to break her own single-season record of 457 which she set in 2007.
Watson has had a career-year in her final season in the Purple and Gold with career highs in nearly every offensive category. She leads the Huskies in home runs (10) and RBI (35) and her .372 average ranks second on the team. The Garden Grove, Calif., native also has a team-high five sacrifice flies, which ranks tied for the third in the country. Watson's 24 career home runs rank 10th all time in UW history and she is just two shy of the single-season record for sac flies.
Pohlman was one of six freshmen named to the team after finishing the regular season with a .362 average,, the second-highest among Pac-10 rookies. She has not been caught stealing yet in her career, going a perfect 17-for-17. She was at her best in conference play, batting .361 to lead all freshmen, and had a clutch hit against UCLA to help the Huskies finish second in the conference, coming through with a three-run double in a 3-0 win over the Bruins to hand Megan Langenfeld her only loss of the season to this point. She also had the game-winning hit in UW's 1-0 win over No. 1 Florida and All-American Stacey Nelson.
The four All-Region nods are UW's most since they had five in 2002. Lawrie was a First Team nod in 2007 while Charters was named First Team in 2006 and Second Team in '07. A change this year is the announcement of just one team per region (First Team), although the team has the same number of members of the previous year's first and second teams combined. The change gives the regional representatives more leeway in presenting candidates for All-America selection.
The Huskies begin postseason play this week when they take on Sacred Heart on Friday at 2 p.m. PT. The overall No. 3 team in the 64-team tournament, the Huskies are looking to make their ninth Women's College World Series appearance.