Danielle Lawrie of Washington named USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week

Feb. 24, 2009, 1:44 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Washington’s pitching ace Danielle Lawrie (Langley, British Colombia) was named the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of February 16-22. Going 3-0 from the circle, the 5’7” junior recorded three shutout victories against No. 2 Florida and a now No. 20 Ohio State. Lawrie did not allow a run in 23.0 innings to extend her consecutive scoreless innings streak to 52.1 innings. She struck out 43 batters and allowed just five hits in three games.

"Danielle is a more mature pitcher now,” said Washington head coach Heather Tarr. “She has always been a great pitcher with great skills. Now you combine those skills with someone who is mentally tough, experienced and has been there-done that and you have a chance to have dominating performances like she did last weekend.”

“It’s definitely a really cool honor," said Lawrie.  "At the same time I have to give thanks to my teammates because we don’t win if we don’t score runs then this isn’t possible. They are the ones who make me look good. If you don’t score, you don’t win.”

Her weekend started with a nine-inning, two-hit shutout of No. 2 Florida in UW’s 1-0 win. She struck out 12 batters and allowed just two singles against the powerful Gator lineup. She followed with two victories on Sunday, shutting out Nebraska with one-hit, 15 strikeouts and pitching an eight-inning, two-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts against No. 23 Ohio State.

Against Nebraska, Lawrie allowed a leadoff single in the first inning then retired the final 21 batters of the game. She also added a solo home run in the Huskies 6-0 win.

Lawrie has allowed just two earned runs in 64.1 innings this season and is 9-0 with a 0.25 ERA. She has 107 strikeouts and 11 walks.

About ASA

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About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.