Pac-10 Honors Roll In For Conference Champs
May 19, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - After winning their first Pac-10 championship since 2000, the Washington softball team was rewarded with plenty of recognition on Wednesday when the conference unveiled its yearly honors.
For the second straight season, Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. Head coach Heather Tarr, meanwhile, was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the first time in her six-year tenure. A total of nine Huskies were named to the All-Pac-10 teams, with three on the first team, two on the second team and four being named honorable mention.
In addition to earning Pitcher of the Year honors, Lawrie also joined junior Jenn Salling and sophomore Kimi Pohlman in being named First Team All-Pac-10. Sophomore Niki Williams and freshman Shawna Wright were named to the second team, while seniors Amanda Fleischman, Bailey Stenson and Alyson McWherter and freshman Hooch Fagaly were named honorable mention.
Fagaly and Wright were also named to the All-Freshman Team.
UW's three first-team members tied for the most in the conference. Lawrie was named First Team for the third time, Salling for the second time and Pohlman for the first time after being named Second Team last year.
Williams, who was named to the All-Freshman Team last year, earned her first All-Conference honor. Fleischman and Stenson both earned honorable mention for the second time, but first since 2007, while McWherter earned her first All-Conference nod.
Lawrie, a senior from Langley, British Columbia, heads into the postseason with a 35-2 record, 0.99 ERA, 407 strikeouts and just 33 walks in 247.1 innings. She has thrown four no-hitters this year - including three perfect games - and is second in the nation with 20 shutouts, one shy of her own single-season school record. She recently became the Pac-10s all-time career strikeout leader and she was named the conference's Pitcher of the Week a record eight times this year, giving her 18 weekly honors in her career, also a record. She also leads the team in home runs (14) and RBI (55), both of which are career highs.
Salling, a Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, native, is having an outstanding season in her first full year with the Huskies. She leads the team in runs (47), walks (35) and on base percentage (.492) and is second on the team with a .364 average, nine doubles and 12 stolen bases. She has also played stellar defense at shortstop, making just five errors in 124 chances.
The sophomore Pohlman, from Sammamish, Wash., has gotten even better after a stellar freshman campaign when she was named Second Team All-Pac-10. She leads the Huskies in average (.385), hits (65), triples (4) and stolen bases (20-for-23) and ranks second in runs (45) and third in doubles (8). She really picked up her game in conference play, batting a team-high .418 with 20 runs in 21 games. She ranked second in the Pac-10 during conference play in runs, third in hits doubles and stolen bases and fourth in average, hitting safely in 17 of 21 games.
Williams also carried over the momentum from a strong rookie year, blasting 10 home runs, twice as many as she hit in 57 games last year. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native ranks second on the team in hits (52) and third in average (.349), home runs, RBI (44) and runs scored (39). She also had a strong showing against Pac-10 pitching, ranking second on the team with 16 RBI and 13 runs scored.
Wright, from Lancaster, Calif., has been one of the biggest impact freshmen at UW in recent history, blasting 11 home runs and driving in 50 runs, both of which rank second on the team. Her 11 home runs are the most for a Husky rookie since four-time All-American Kristen Rivera hit 16 in 2002. She has been equally as impressive behind the plate, throwing out 12 runners attempting to steal and picking off five, both of which lead the league.
Fleischman (Woodinville, Wash.), McWherter (Lakewood, Wash.) and Stenson (Auburn, Wash.) have joined with Lawrie to make up an outstanding senior class. Fleischman has held down the second base position for most of the year, coming on strong in conference play where she hit .310, third-best on the team. She has also played solid defense up the middle, as has McWherter from the centerfield position where she is the Huskies' top defensive outfielder. Stenson has also had a steady year, batting .275 with 16 runs scored.
Fagaly (Chino, Calif.) has also made a big impact as a freshman, ranking second on the team in walks (25) and on base percentage (.450) and sports a .301 average. She leads the team with five sacrifice hits and really made an impression in Pac-10 games, especially with her patience. Not only did she bat .289 against conference pitching, but she drew a team-high 17 walks with a team-best .484 on base percentage, numbers that ranked third and fifth in the conference, respectively. She has also played outstanding defense at first base this season, making just one error in 212 chances.
The Huskies begin their title defense on Friday when they host one of 16 NCAA Regionals at Husky Softball Stadium. UW entertains North Dakota State in its opener on Friday at 5 p.m. with North Carolina and Nebraska opening the weekend Friday at 2:30. All tickets for this weekend are sold out. Fans can walk up 15 minutes prior to each game and purchase standing-room only tickets for $3. Seating will also be available in Husky Stadium for free.