The 16th-ranked Nebraska softball team placed three players on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Midwest Region first and second teams, released on Wednesday. Junior Tatum Edwards was a first-team pitcher/utility selection, while freshman right-hander Emily Lockman was a first-team pitcher. Senior Brooke Thomason was a second-team outfielder.
Both of Nebraska’s primary pitchers earned first-team all-region accolades, the first award for both Edwards and Lockman. The recognition was not a surprise, as the Huskers rank 11th nationally in ERA (1.79) and 19th nationally in winning percentage (.755). Thomason earned a spot on the second team for the second time in her career and for the first time since her freshman season in 2010. Overall, Nebraska’s two first-team selections and three total honorees tied for the most of any school in the region.
Edwards earned a spot on the first team after posting a 26-8 record with a 1.85 ERA heading into this week’s NCAA Lincoln Regional at Bowlin Stadium. The 2013 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection, Edwards ranks 11th nationally in shutouts (9), 16th in wins and 19th in hits allowed per seven innings (4.6). As the utility/pitcher selection, Edwards was also honored for her work with the bat. A native of Murrieta, Calif., Edwards has been in the lineup for 37 of Nebraska’s 53 games this season. She owns a .297 batting average and has slugged nine doubles, 10 home runs and produced 23 RBIs. Her .649 slugging percentage leads Nebraska.
Lockman was one of only two freshmen on the All-Midwest region first team, and she was the only freshman pitcher nationally chosen as a first-team all-region selection. A native of Corona, Calif., Lockman is 14-5 this season with a 1.73 ERA. She is one of only two pitchers to shut out top-ranked Oklahoma this spring, while ranking second in the Big Ten and 42nd nationally in ERA. Two of her five losses have been 1-0 defeats to top-30 RPI opponents. Lockman was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection this season.
Thomason was one of three outfielders selected to the second team. The 2013 second-team All-Big Ten selection and three-time all-conference performer leads Nebraska with a .333 average this spring. She has also added 11 doubles, seven homers and 46 RBIs. This season, Thomason became the first Husker to produce four consecutive 30-RBI seasons, helping her rank third in school history with 165 career RBIs, a total that ranks 21st nationally among all active Division I softball players. Thomason’s seven home runs this spring also made her the only player in school history to homer at least seven times all four seasons.
Nebraska’s three all-region selections are now eligible for NFCA All-America honors. The 2013 All-America first-, second- and third-teams will be announced on May 29.