SEATTLE - University of Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie has won the 2010 Honda Sports Award in softball, designating her as the nation’s top collegiate female athlete in that sport. Lawrie also received the honor in 2009.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic eligibility to become a “Top Three” finalist for Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Lawrie was voted over three other senior nominees: Chelsea Bramlett of Mississippi State University, Megan Langenfeld of the UCLA and Jen Yee of Georgia Tech.
“Without my teammates, winning the Honda Sports Award wouldn’t have been possible," said Lawrie. "I'm very proud of this honor, but mainly because of what it means for Washington softball. National honors like this award open opportunities for the program. They help get our name on the map and will help our program sustain a very high level for many years to come.”
A native of Langley, British Columbia, Lawrie led the Huskies this year to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Women’s College World Series, ending her college career with a 40-5 record for the 2010 season. The Huskies ended the 2009-2010 season with a 50-9 record, with the team’s 50 wins ranking as the second-best ever for a single season.
Also among her accomplishments:
- She finished the season with a 1.11 ERA, 495 strikeouts, and 46 walks in 302.1 innings.
- She pitched four no-hitters, including three perfect games and 27 starts with double-digit strikeouts this year.
- She is just one of four pitchers ever to surpass 1,800 career strikeouts.
- She led the team with 15 home runs, 57 RBI and a slugging percentage of .609.
- She was named 2010 ASA/USA Softball Player of the Year (only the second athlete ever to win the award more than once), First Team All-Pacific Region, All-Pac-10 and repeat winner of Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year.
- In 2008 she competed in the Olympic Games in Beijing with the Canadian National Team, where they came in fourth.