Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, following an outstanding weekend in Oklahoma. The award is the first of Edwards’ career, although she is a four-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honoree, earning the accolade twice in 2012 and two more times in 2013.
Edwards recorded a hit in each of the Huskers’ four games last weekend, collecting six hits in 12 at bats to finish with a .500 average, one double, one home run and seven RBIs. Edwards finished her stay in Oklahoma with an .833 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage. Entering last weekend, Edwards had recorded four hits in 32 at bats this season with no extra-base hits and two RBIs.
In a doubleheader at Oklahoma State on Friday, Edwards went 2-for-6 with a homer, a walk and four RBIs. She hit her second career grand slam to break open a close game in the nightcap. The next day at No. 13 Oklahoma, Edwards finished 4-for-6 with a double, two walks and three RBIs against the defending national champion Sooners. On the weekend, she set season highs in hits, runs scored, RBIs, doubles, home runs and walks.
Edwards also posted a 1-1 record in the circle last weekend. She earned a win at Oklahoma State by allowing only one earned run in a complete-game effort. Edwards tallied a season-high 10 strikeouts against the Cowgirls. She suffered a complete-game loss to the 13th-ranked Sooners the next day, when OU scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for a 5-4 victory.
The weekly honor highlights an award-filled opening month to Edwards’ senior season. She was one of 50 players named to the USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List, in addition to being named one of 30 national candidate for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award.
Edwards will be returning home to California this weekend, as the Murrieta native and her teammates will face a challenging five-game schedule at the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton. Nebraska brings a 12-6 record into play this weekend, with eight of the Huskers’ first 18 games coming against top-15 opponents.