OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today that Washington’s Danielle Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) was named the USA Softball Player of the Week for the week of April 5-11 for her outstanding efforts in sweeping then-No. 2 Arizona. Lawrie 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 to lead the Huskies (33-3, 5-1 Pac-10) to their 11th consecutive week as the No. 1 team in the Nation.
The senior and reigning 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year shut down the nation’s highest-scoring offense three times this weekend, allowing just four runs in 21.0 innings while striking out 39 and walking just four. She 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.
“This is an extremely big honor to receive this award. I am so proud of how our team played last weekend. (Catcher) Shawna Wright and I just connected really well and when our offense gets going like they did, it pumps me up,” said Lawrie. “Whenever I see a lot of runs on the board for us, it makes me want to do everything in my power to stop the other team from putting runs on the board. I was so proud of our offense this weekend for putting up that many runs against a great team like Arizona.”
Lawrie 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.
“Anytime you have a student-athlete recognized for their achievements it's an honor. For USA Softball to recognize Danielle twice in one season is an incredible honor,” said Washington Head Coach Heather Tarr. “It speaks to her work ethic and competitive drive, but it also recognizes what our team achieved this weekend, and I know Danielle would be the first to put the team's accomplishments ahead of her own, that's the type of person she is.”
This is the second Player of the Week honor in 2010 as she clinched the initial POW of the year during the week of Feb. 8-14.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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 three World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.