Junior right-hander Tatum Edwards was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. The weekly honor was the first of the season for Edwards and the third of her career. She was also named the national pitcher of the week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.
Edwards was honored after posting a 2-1 record against No. 9 Michigan last weekend. The Wolverines entered the series undefeated in Big Ten Conference with a 16-0 record. In Friday’s series opener, Edwards fired a two-hitter in a 6-1 victory, holding the Wolverines to a season-low two hits and season-low one run. Her complete-game victory snapped Michigan’s nation-leading 22-game win streak and also halted the Wolverines’ 21-game winning streak in conference play.
After taking the loss in relief on Saturday, Edwards picked up her second win of the weekend by tossing 3.0 scoreless innings of no-hit relief on Sunday. Her efforts helped Nebraska win a conference series from a top-10 opponent for the first time since 2001. She finished the weekend with a 2-1 record and a 1.91 ERA, allowing only five hits in 11.0 innings against a Michigan team that entered the weekend ranked second nationally in batting average.
In addition to her outstanding work in the circle, Edwards also produced big hits at the plate. A native of Murrieta, Calif., Edwards went 5-for-6 in the series with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Her two-run homer on Sunday ignited Nebraska’s rally from a four-run deficit.
After improving to 37-11 on the season and 14-5 in Big Ten Conference play, Edwards and her teammates are off this week before heading to Penn State for a three-game series on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Nebraska then hosts the Big Ten Tournament May 9-12 at Bowlin Stadium.