Charters, Lawrie Named First Team All-American
May 27, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The No. 3 Washington softball team placed two players on the Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I All-American teams it was announced Wednesday, with senior Ashley Charters and junior Danielle Lawrie both being named to the First Team.
The three-time All-American Charters (Beaverton, Ore.) was named to the First Team for the first time in her career. She was named a Third Team All-American in 2006 as a sophomore and a Second Team All-American in 2007 as a junior. This year, she is the First Team Second Baseman, one of 18 total players named to the First Team.
Joining Charters on the First Team is Lawrie (Langley, British Columbia), who yesterday was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, the highest honor in college softball. Lawrie has now been named to the First Team twice in her career after also earning the honor as a sophomore in 2007.
This marks just the fourth time in school history the Huskies have had two players on the First Team. UW has twice had three first-teamers, in both 1996 and 2000, while the 2007 team also had two in Lawrie and Dena Tyson. Lawrie is just the third Husky ever to be named First Team more than once, joining two-time honoree Sara Pickering and three-time member Kristen Rivera.
Charters has been among the nation's leaders all season in average, runs and stolen bases. She has set new career highs in average (.443), hits (86), runs (60) and home runs (8) and has tied her career highs in doubles (9), triples (5) and stolen bases (36). Her average currently ranks as the second-highest in UW single-season history while she also ranks fifth on the single-season charts in runs, hits and stolen bases. She has already broken UW's career stolen base record and is threatening to break both the career hits and runs records as she ranks second all-time in both.
The senior had the highest batting average of any Pac-10 player in conference play. She put together a 16-game hitting streak at one point, including a string of nine-consecutive multi-hit games. Overall, she has 29 multi-hit games in 57 games. Charters also came up with several clutch hits throughout the season, including a walk-off home run against No. 10 Arizona State at Husky Softball Stadium.
Lawrie, meanwhile, has been in the top-three in the nation all season in wins, ERA, strikeouts and shutouts. She has set UW single-season records in three of the four, with 37 wins, 472 strikeouts and 19 shutouts. She has broken UW's career strikeout record and now has 1,316 in her career, good for fifth in Pac-10 history and 15th in NCAA history. Lawrie has also also been a factor at the plate with a .277 batting average, six home runs and 25 RBI.
The junior has 26 double-digit strikeout games this season, two no-hitters and has shutout six of the seven teams the Huskies could potentially face in this week's Women's College World Series.
Last night, Lawrie beat out finalists Stacey Nelson of Florida and Kaitlin Cochran of Arizona State to become the first Washington player - and first Canadian - to win college softball's Player of the Year award.
Seven Huskies Earn Pac-10 All-Academic
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Huskies also landed a conference-high tying seven players on the Pac-10 All-Academic teams, the conference announced on Tuesday.
Sophomore Morgan Stuart was named to the First Team, juniors Amanda Fleischman and Alyson McWherter and senior Ashlyn Watson were named to the Second Team while Charters and fellow seniors Marnie Koziol and Alicia Blake were named Honorable Mention. Arizona State and Oregon State also had seven players honored while Oregon had six, Stanford five, UCLA four and Arizona three.
Stuart (Riverside, Calif.), a Sociology major with a 3.50 grade point average (GPA), earned her first Pac-10 All-Academic honor. She owns the highest GPA of all non-freshmen on the UW softball team.
Fleischman (Woodinville, Wash.), McWherter (Lakewood, Wash.) and Watson (Garden Grove, Calif.) were all named honorable mention last season but each moved up to second team in 2009. The junior Fleischman carries a 3.33 GPA in Accounting while fellow junior McWherter has a 3.35 GPA in Sociology while also participating in Washington's ROTC program. Watson, a senior, carries a 3.28 GPA in Speech and Hearing Sciences and has been honored three times by the Pac-10 in her career.
Earning honorable mention for the third consecutive season was Koziol (Renton, Wash.), who sports a 3.11 GPA in Economics. Blake (Olympia, Wash.), who carries a 3.06 in English, and Charters, who owns a 3.05 in Sociology, were honored for the first time.
The Huskies kick of the 2009 Women's College World Series on Thursday at 10 a.m. PT when they face No. 6 Georgia. The game will air live on ESPN.