April 11, 1987 |
Burnaby, British Columbia
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|July 30, 2010 for the USSSA Pride|
|Earned run average||2.75|
Danielle Elaine Lawrie (born April 11, 1987 in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada) is a Canadian 5'7" former right-handed pitcher and right-batting cleanup hitter for the University of Washington softball team. She was also a member of the Canada women's national softball team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She was named the 2009 U.S.A. Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, and pitched every inning during the 2009 Women's College World Series, leading the University of Washington to its first national championship. In 2010, Lawrie repeated as U.S.A. Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. After completing her collegiate career in 2010, Danielle joined the professional ranks of the NPF, pitching for the USSSA Florida Pride based in Kissimmee, Florida.
Danielle, the daughter of Cheryl and Russ Lawrie, grew up and currently resides in Langley, British Columbia. Her younger brother, Brett, a major league baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays, began playing with the Canadian national junior team at the age of 15, and played for Team Canada in the 2008 Summer Olympics. She used to have an older sister named Nicole, who died in an accident when she was only 5, before Brett was even born. She and Brett left special tattoos on their bodies in her memory. She attended Brookswood Secondary School, where she lettered in softball, also helping the team to three league championships. She was named Most Valuable Player in her freshman and senior years, and was a first team All-Star four years and team captain three times. In addition to softball, Lawrie also lettered in basketball. She played summer ball for the White Rock Renegades for five years under coach Rick Sullivan, and was named the MVP of the 2005 Canadian National Team. After graduating from Brookswood, she went on to the University of Washington, becoming the first Canadian on the team.
2008 Summer Olympics
Lawrie was one of 15 players selected to represent Canada in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, where she made three appearances and pitched 12 innings. In her first Olympic appearance, she earned a victory in Canada's 9-2 win over the Netherlands, striking out four in four innings of work, while allowing just one run on two hits. She also hurled a complete game against Venezuela in which she struck out nine batters, allowing just two runs on four hits, but Canada was unable to support her in a 2-0 loss. In all, she struck out 13 batters in 12 innings at Beijing.
Prior to the 2008 Olympic Games, Lawrie was a member of the Canadian National Team in 2005, '06, '07 and '08. She also spent one season on the Canadian Junior National team, and one on the Developmental Team. She helped the National Team qualify for the 2008 Olympics at the 2006 World Cup. In October 2007 at the China Cup, held in Beijing, the Canadians won all three of the games in which Lawrie started, and received the Silver Medal. Lawrie finished the seven-day tournament with a 3-0 record and a team-best 1.29 ERA. Her 21⅔ innings pitched and 18 strikeouts also led the team. She had her best performance of the China Cup against Australia, which had already defeated the Canadians twice in the tournament, pitching seven shutout innings while giving up just two hits and striking out three in leading the team to a 4-0 win. At the 2006 World Cup, Lawrie threw a complete game shutout against Australia with seven strikeouts. She was named Most Valuable Pitcher at the 2006 Canada Cup, where the team was awarded a silver medal. She threw 6⅔ innings of relief against the Netherlands, giving up just one run and striking out 13 batters. She tossed a complete game shutout with five strikeouts against Italy at the 2006 ISF World Championships, where she also earned a shutout victory over Chinese Taipei with eight strikeouts. She was named to Beat Team USA at the 2005 World Cup, tossing a complete game and striking out seven.
University of Washington
Danielle Lawrie, a 2010 graduate of the University of Washington, led the Huskies to the 2009 Women's College World Series Title, and also was the winner of the NCAA Player of the Year awards back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. Lawrie is the only Canadian to do so. Along with being NCAA Player of the year, Lawrie was also named the 2009 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the year. She was an ESPY Nominee, recognized as a Honda Award Winner, and was named the 2009 WCWS Most Outstanding Player. Danielle Lawrie holds many records at the University of Washington including wins, shutouts, strikeouts, starts, appearances, complete games and innings. She also holds single-season records in wins, strikeouts, starts, shutouts, complete games and innings. Danielle holds the Pac-10 record for most Player of the Week honors in a career and season. She is also second in all-time Pac-10 career strikeouts. She is sixth in career strikeouts in NCAA history. Danielle did not play for the Huskies in their 2008 season because she was representing the Canadian National Team at the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, China.
In 2010, Lawrie joined the professional ranks of the NPF as a pitcher for the USSSA Pride. Danielle wears number 15 for Pride as she did for the Washington Huskies. Danielle pitched her first game for the Pride on July 30, 2010 against the Chicago Bandits. The final score of Lawrie's first game was 3-8 in favor of the Chicago Bandits.
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- Danielle Lawrie on Twitter
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