Junior right-hander Tatum Edwards was named the 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday, when the conference announced its postseason awards. Edwards was also one of seven Huskers to earn All-Big Ten accolades, tying Michigan for the most selections in the league.
Tatum Edwards is the first known Husker to be selected as the conference pitcher of the year, and she is the first Husker to earn a player-of-the-year award since All-American Peaches James was named Big 12 Player of the Year in 2004. Tatum was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection, one of five unanimous selections, along with her twin sister Taylor. Earning second-team All-Big Ten honors were seniors Courtney Breault and Brooke Thomason, sophomore Jordan Bettiol and freshmen Alicia Armstrong and Emily Lockman.
Thomason and Tatum Edwards both earned their second straight All-Big Ten awards and the third all-conference honors of their careers. Breault and Taylor Edwards each earned their second all-conference accolades, while Bettiol, Armstrong and Lockman were all honored for the first time in their careers.
Armstrong (shortstop), Taylor Edwards (catcher) and senior Gabby Banda (third base) were also named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team. Armstrong and Edwards were two of only five players to earn both All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive team recognition. Rounding out the group of Husker award winners was sophomore Mattie Fowler, who was selected as Nebraska's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient.
Tatum Edwards was honored as pitcher of the year after compiling an 11-4 record with a 1.98 ERA in Big Ten Conference play, helping Nebraska to a second-place conference finish. Tatum was the only Big Ten pitcher to post an ERA below 2.25 in conference play. She also threw a league-high 95.1 innings during the conference season, while posting the lowest opponent batting average (.177) and recording the second-most wins and strikeouts (93) of any Big Ten pitcher.
Overall, Tatum is 25-8 this spring with a 1.84 ERA in 194.0 innings. She leads the Big Ten with a .183 opponent batting average, while ranking second in wins, third in ERA and fifth in strikeouts (181). Her breakout junior season came after she entered this year with a 16-5 career record and a 2.69 ERA in 130.0 career innings. She has also slugged eight doubles and 10 home runs at the plate.
Taylor Edwards caught all of Tatum’s games and was one of three catchers selected to the 18-player first team. Taylor batted .373 in conference play, producing nine doubles, five home runs and 22 RBIs, while slugging .780 and reaching base at a .553 clip.
On the second team, Breault batted .310 in conference play, producing three home runs and 12 RBIs, while slugging .548. Thomason ranked second on the team with 16 RBIs in Big Ten action, while drawing 13 walks and producing three doubles and one home run. Bettiol broke out during conference play, emerging over the second-half of the league schedule to lead Nebraska with a .400 batting average. She also added two stolen bases while posting a .526 on-base percentage. Armstrong hit .380 during the conference slate, producing five extra-base hits and nine RBIs. In the circle, Lockman was 5-2 in Big Ten play with a 2.57 ERA in 51.2 innings. She posted the fourth-lowest ERA of any Big Ten pitcher during the conference season.