April 13, 2010

Danielle Lawrie Ties Pac-10 Record With 14th Player Of The Week Honor

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Danielle Lawrie was named the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the second-straight week, the conference announced on Monday, after leading the No. 1 Washington softball team to a series sweep of No. 2 Arizona last week at Husky Softball Stadium.

The honor is the fourth this season for the senior, who also tied a conference record by earning her 14th career Player of the Week honor, equaling the mark set by former Arizona pitcher Alicia Hollowell. Lawrie is now also just two shy of equaling her own single-season mark of six POW nods that she set last season.

The reigning National Player of the Year, Lawrie shut down the nation's highest-scoring offense in No. 2 Arizona three times last weekend, allowing just four runs in 21.0 innings while striking out 39 and walking just four. She threw one shutout and held Arizona scoreless for 12 consecutive innings over the three games at one point, shutting down the Cats in the final inning Friday, throwing seven scoreless Saturday and holding Arizona without a run through the first four innings on Sunday.

The Langley, B.C., native struck out at least 12 in every game, including a high of 14 on Friday before backing it up with 12 on Saturday and 13 on Sunday, while not walking a batter in the final game.

In the series opener, she out-dueled Arizona freshman Kenzie Fowler in a 2-1 win, allowing just five hits and one run while striking out 14 Arizona batters. The senior struck out six different UA hitters twice, including All-Americans Brittany Lastrapes and Stacie Chambers, and caught seven batters looking. She recorded the first eight outs of the game via strikeout and 11 of the first 12, striking out the side in the first, second and fourth innings. She held Arizona to just two hits on Saturday, not allowing a Wildcat runner past second base at any point. On Sunday, she held Arizona to no runs and just two hits through four innings before UA finally got to her as she started to tire near the end of the game.

With the 39 strikeouts this weekend, Lawrie went over the 1,600-mark in her career, just the eighth pitcher in NCAA history to do so. With 1,627 in her career, she is now just 13 behind Cal great Michelle Granger for seventh in NCAA history and third in Pac-10 history.
For the season, Lawrie is 23-1 with a nation-leading 13 shutouts to go along with 262 and just 17 walks.

The No. 1 Huskies (33-3) hit the road this weekend for a first-place battle with No. 21 Oregon, which is tied atop the Pac-10 standings with the Huskies at 5-1. The series kicks off Friday in Eugene at 6 p.m. and continues with a 1 p.m. game Saturday and a Noon

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