Lawrie Named Pac-10 Pitcher Of The Week

April 5, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday after leading the No. 1 Washington softball team to a series victory against No. 5 UCLA in the opening weekend of conference play.

The senior from Langley, B.C., was named the conference's pitcher of the week for the third time this year and the 13th time in her career after going 2-1 with a 0.72 ERA against the nation's second-best offense. She won a pair of games on Saturday, throwing 9.1 scoreless innings in the completion of the second game from Friday night and the final game of the series.

Lawrie was strong in the first game, allowing just one run on five hits and striking out 11, but her offense was only able to must four hits as the Bruins handed the ace her first loss of the season - and first since May 31 - with a 1-0 victory.

But she would bounce back to allow just one run in the next two games against the Bruins, who came into the weekend averaging 7.1 runs per game.

Things didn't start great for Lawrie Friday night as she allowed a home run in the third to put UCLA up 1-0, but the Huskies tied up the score and then heavy rain forced the completion of the game to Saturday.

Then, despite finding out Saturday morning her grandmother had fallen ill, Lawrie displayed her signature toughness and shutout the Bruins over 9.1 innings on Saturday, striking out 15 and walking just one to give UW wins of 3-1 and 7-2.

Lawrie is now 20-2 on the season with a 0.94 ERA and 223 strikeouts to just 14 walks.

The No. 1 Huskies stay home this weekend for a big three-game series against No. 2 Arizona, starting Friday at 6 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. The teams will also square off Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at Noon in a series that could figure heavily in the Pac-10 championship.

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