OKLAHOMA CITY – Less than a year out of winning the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, Washington’s Danielle Lawrie (Langley, B.C.) came back strong to open up the 2010 season and in honor of a stellar weekend, Lawrie was awarded the USA Softball Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 8-14th. Highlighting her weekend was her first career seven-inning perfect game against Auburn and a career-high six RBI against Cal State Northridge.
Lawrie had an incredible first weekend as the reigning National Player of the Year, not allowing a single run in 21.0 innings, allowing just four total hits in four appearances and striking out 45 to just one walk. She threw three-complete game shutouts, starting with her first career seven-inning perfect game against Auburn, just the second seven-inning perfect game in UW history. She struck out 16 batters of the 21 batters she faced in the game and did not walk anyone in a 5-0 Husky victory. After facing just three batters and striking out all three to earn a save against Ohio, Lawrie came back that night and threw her second shutout, allowing just three hits and striking out 13 with one walk in an 8-0 win over Nevada. Lawrie capped the weekend with a one-hitter against Notre Dame, striking out 13 and walking none.
She also hit four home runs in five games for UW, leading the team with nine RBI for the weekend. She hit a grand slam and a two-run home run for a career-high six RBI against Cal State Northridge on Saturday. She also hit a two-run shot in the opener and had a solo home run in the final game, a 5-0 win over Notre Dame. For the weekend, she batted .400 (6-for-15) with a 1.200 slugging percentage.
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Washington’s Lawrie Nabs First Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National POTW Honor of the Season
February 16, 2010
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Senior Danielle Lawrie of Washington has been named as the NCAA Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week for games played during the week of Feb. 11-14.
Lawrie, who split time between pitcher and designated player, was 6-for-15 at the plate on the week with five runs, nine RBIs and four homeruns, including a grand slam against Cal St.-Northridge.
The Langley, B.C. native was equally effective from the circle, as she threw 21 shutout innings over three complete games. Lawrie also recorded the first Division I perfect game of the 2010 season in the Huskies’ season-opener against Auburn. Lawrie allowed just four hits and one walk on the week, while recording 45 strikeouts.
Lawrie helped guide No. 1 Washington to a 5-0 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., allowing the Huskies to hold on to the top spot in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll for the second consecutive week.