Washington's Lawrie Wins Second-Straight Honda Award for Softball
June 9, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - WASHINGTON senior pitcher Danielle Lawrie has won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in softball, designating her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in the sport for the second year in a row. The award is voted on by 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of the Collegiate Women’s Sports Award program, now in its 34th year.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanction sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a top three finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Lawrie earned the honor over UCLA’s Megan Langenfeld, Georgia Tech’s Jen Yee and Mississippi State’s Chelsea Bramlett.
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Lawrie led the Huskies this year to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, concluding the season with a 40-5 record. Lawrie finished with a 1.11 ERA, 495 strikeouts and 46 walks in 302.1 innings. She pitched four no-hitters, including a Pac-10 record three perfect games and had 27 starts with double-digit strikeouts. She set a new Pac-10 strikeout record, finishing her career with 1,860 K’s and is one of only four pitchers in NCAA history to surpass 1,800 strikeouts for their career. At the plate, Lawrie led the Huskies with 15 home runs, 57 RBI and a slugging percentage of .609. She was also named the 2010 USA Softball Player of the Year for the second-straight season, was first team NFCA All-Pacific Region, first team All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
The vote for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions. On June 21, 2010, the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at a ceremony in Los Angeles, at which time the “Top Three” finalists are scheduled to attend.