SEATTLE – The Washington Huskies softball program will honor one of the most decorated players in their history, as they retire the jersey of Danielle Lawrie in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, May 3. Lawrie will become the first player in the history of the program to have her jersey retired.
The ceremony is slated to begin around 6:45 p.m., and first pitch between No. 11 Washington and the No. 9 Arizona will follow at 7:05 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium.
“Retiring a jersey is among the highest honors we can bestow on a former student-athlete,” athletic director Scott Woodward said. “Danielle has done so much for this university, and this tribute to her efforts will memorialize her forever.”
In 2009, Lawrie led the Huskies to the 2009 National Championship, earning a record of 42-8 in the circle, with a 0.97 ERA and 521 strikeouts in 352.2 innings.
Throughout her four years at Washington, Lawrie was a two-time Honda Award winner, a two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, and a three-time 1st team All-American.
Lawrie amassed 136 wins, 1,860 strikeouts, 149 complete games, 65 shutouts, and six no-hitters, each of which are all-time career highs at Washington.
“Danielle holds many records and earned three handfuls of awards as a player,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “But what impresses me more than any single award was her ability to lead her team and find a way to win with a group of people on a very consistent basis. It was never about her. It was about our team.”