Taylor Edwards Named Big Ten Player of the Week
Edwards' bat helped the Huskers to a 5-0 start to the season, tying the program's best start since 2003. Edwards went 10-for-18 on the weekend, posting a .556 batting average to go along with a .636 on-base percentage and 1.167 slugging percentage. She also homered three times, doubled twice and drove in 15 runs. Edwards led all Big Ten players in hits, RBIs and home runs, while ranking second in slugging percentage, third in average and on-base percentage, fourth in runs scored and fifth in doubles and walks (4).
Her top performance of the weekend was a record-breaking effort against Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. In that game, Edwards hit a pair of grand slams to become the first Husker to hit two grand slams in one game. She finished with eight RBIs in Nebraska's 13-4 victory, setting a school record for most RBIs in a game. Edwards enjoyed another big game in the tournament finale against New Mexico, finishing 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and five RBIs. Overall, Edwards recorded four multi-hit performances in five games, while producing three multi-RBI games. Her three home runs and 15 RBIs moved her into Nebraska's all-time top 10 in both categories.
The weekly award was the second of Edwards' career, and her first Big Ten honor. Previously, Edwards was named the Big 12 Player of the Week on Feb. 22, 2011. A native of Murrieta, Calif., Edwards' high school teammate Sierra Romero (Michigan) earned Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honors, while Wisconsin's Cassandra Darrah was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.
Edwards and the rest of her teammates travel to Tucson, Ariz., this weekend for five games in three days at the Hillenbrand Invitational, hosted by the University of Arizona.