Six Nebraska softball players were honored for their work on the field and in the classroom by earning academic All-Big Ten accolades on Wednesday. The group included three repeat selections and three first-time honorees.
Kylee Muir earned her third straight academic All-Big Ten honor, while Tatum Edwards and Mattie Fowler were each honored for the second straight season. A criminology and criminal justice major, Muir earned 53 starts this season and batted .266 with 12 doubles, four homers, 20 walks and 38 RBIs. Edwards, an elementary education major, was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection after leading the conference in wins (10), home runs (10) and RBIs (33) during league play. Overall, Edwards produced a 24-13 record with a career-low 1.78 ERA in 2014, while hitting .294 with 10 doubles, 14 homers, 32 walks and 52 RBIs. Fowler was honored despite suffering a season-ending injury in the 11th game of the year. A finance major and Nebraska’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner, Fowler batted .357 with one double and five RBIs in only 28 at bats.
Alicia Armstrong, Hailey Decker and Dawna Tyson each made the academic All-Big Ten team in the first season they were eligible for the award. A second-team All-Big Ten selection majoring in management, Armstrong battled through a back injury to post a .316 average with 10 doubles, three triples, four homers and 27 RBIs this spring. Decker enjoyed a breakout year at the plate, earning first-team all-conference and all-region accolades. A psychology major, Decker led Nebraska with a .369 average, 21 doubles and 53 RBIs, while adding 14 home runs to produce a school-record 35 extra-base hits. Tyson, a communication studies major, started 55 games in 2014 and produced a .201 average with five doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs to go along with a .993 fielding percentage.
To be eligible for academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. Six of Nebraska’s 11 eligible players earned academic All-Big Ten accolades.