Lawrie Sweeps National Player Of The Week Awards

May 11, 2010

SEATTLE - One day after breaking a conference record with her seventh Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor, Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie made history again when she was named the USA Softball National Player of the Week for the third time this season, the first player ever to do so.

Lawrie was also named the NFCA National Player of the Week to sweep the national honors for the second time this season. She won the first USA Softball Player of the Week honor of the season for the week of Feb. 8-14 when she also claimed the NFCA Award and also earned the USA Softball honor during week nine, April 5-11.

The senior went 3-0 last week against Stanford to help the Huskies clinch their first Pac-10 title since 2000. She fired two shutouts in the three games, including her fourth no-hitter of the season, allowing just one run and six hits in 20 innings pitched, with the lone run of the weekend coming on a solo home run off the bat of USA National Team player Ashley Hansen. Lawrie struck out at least 10 in each game and walked just three combined all weekend as she moved just 11 strikeouts shy of Alicia Hollowell's Pac-10 career record.

The Langley, British Columbia, native also had a big weekend at the plate, going 4-for-9 with four RBI, including a dramatic two-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh Saturday to give UW a 2-1 win.

On Friday, Lawrie did not allow a hit in five innings of work, striking out 11 and walking just one in an 8-0 win. She also went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the game. On Saturday, she allowed just one run on five hits and struck out 13 with no walks but her biggest contribution was her first career walk-off home run, her 12th of the year that snapped a 21-game homerless drought. Then on Sunday, she allowed just one hit in eight innings and struck out 10 for her nation-leading 19th shutout of the year in UW's 1-0 win. She allowed a single in the first inning then did not allow a hit over the final seven innings.

Lawrie has now struck out 10 or more batters in eight of the last nine games and in 13 of 15 overall. With 392 strikeouts on the season, she has moved into third on the UW single-season charts behind her own marks in 2007 and 2009. She is also second all-time with her 19 shutouts, two shy of her own single-season record set last year.

On top of being 33-2 with a 0.92 ERA and 392 strikeouts for the season, Lawrie is 15-2 with a 0.86 ERA, 197 strikeouts and seven shutouts in 17 appearances in Pac-10 play. In fact, since her last loss at Oregon on April 17 in which she allowed a season-high tying four runs, Lawrie has gone 9-0 with a 0.23 ERA, allowing just two runs in 61 innings while striking out 109 batters.

The Pac-10 champion Huskies (43-5, 15-3) close out the regular season this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., with a three-game series against Arizona State, starting Thursday at 7 p.m., a game that will air on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports Net. The teams also play Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at Noon before the Huskies find out where and when they will play in the NCAA Regionals on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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