This weekend, the University of Washington pays tribute to an athlete who changed the face of the school's softball program, by retiring her jersey. Mariners' icon Jay Buhner calls pitcher Danielle Lawrie, "an absolute stud." She pitched the Huskies to 136 wins during her collegiate career and struck out 1,848 opponents. She also helped lead the huskies to their first NCAA Championship in 2009, and has garnered many honors in the process.
Danielle and her baby daughter Madison joined host Margaret Larson on the show today to talk about her many achievements, as well as juggling a pro softball career (she pitches for the USSSA Pride) while raising a child with her husband, baseball player Drew Locke.
Margaret surprised Danielle with several guests who joined the conversation: UW Softball Head Coach Heather Tarr, Pitching Coach Lance Glasoe, and former Huskies teammates Hooch Fagaly, Shawna Wright and Bailey Stenson. In addition, members of the Gig Harbor High School fast-pitch softball team joined the audience to help honor Danielle.
(L-R: UW Pitching Coach Lance Glasoe, UW softball player Hooch Fagaly, Danielle Lawrie- holding daughter Madison, former UW softball player Bailey Stenson, former UW softball player Shawna Wright, UW Softball Head Coach Heather Tarr)
Top Pot Doughnuts also celebrated Danielle with a special UW-themed doughnut featuring purple and gold sprinkles for the audience to enjoy.
UW Huskies-themed doughnuts, courtesy of Top Pot Doughnuts
The Huskies will retire Danielle's #15 jersey this Saturday, May 3rd, before the team takes on the University of Arizona. The ceremony will take place around 6:15pm, with the game following at 7pm, at the UW's beautiful new softball stadium right next door to the Husky Football Stadium.
Click here to watch a video compiled by the UW athletic department spotlighting Danielle's UW career.
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